China Heavyweight

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  115 min.
Release Date: May 11, 2012 (limited)
DVD: January 15, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 3.12
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Synopsis

In central China, a coach recruits poor rural teenagers from local schools and farms and enrolls them in special schools to train in Western-style boxing. The goal is to turn them into Olympic champions, thus bringing extraordinary honour to their nation. The boys grow from teenagers to men as they're put through the rigours of training and fierce competition.

But the top students are forced to face dramatic choices as they graduate—should they fight for the communist ideals of a collective good or for their own fame and glory? A metaphor for the choices everyone in the New China faces now.

In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Director: Yung Chang
Studio: KinoSmith
Producer(s): Bob Moore, Yi Han, Peter Wintonick
Screenplay: Yung Chang
Official Site: www.eyesteelfilm.com/projects/completed-films/china-heavyweight/

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  • 4 stars "would you rather be a piss poor never-been boxer or a medium-income excavator operator? that's what this film asks. it's a technically accomplished chinese-canadian sports doc that doubles as a social commentary, offering a privileged glimpse into the lives of a boxing coach and his two disciples. great value for money if you like documentaries."
  • 3 stars "would you rather be a piss poor never-been boxer or a medium-income excavator operator? that's what this film asks. it's a technically accomplished chinese-canadian sports doc that doubles as a social commentary, offering a privileged glimpse into the lives of a boxing coach and his two disciples. worth watching if you're into documentaries."