A film by Yung Chang
“THIS REMARKABLY TENDER PORTRAIT positions a particularly violent sport as nothing less than a lifeline to the 21st century.”
—Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
Award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze) returns to China for another riveting documentary on that country’s ever-changing economic landscape—this time through the lens of sports. In China Heavyweight, Chang follows the charismatic Qi Moxiang, a former boxing star and state coach who recruits young fighting talent from the impoverished farms and villages across Sichuan province. Boys and girls are selected for national training centers, with the hope of discovering China’s next Olympic heroes. But will these potential boxing champions leave it all behind to be the next Mike Tyson? Cinematically rich and intimately observed, China Heavyweight is all at once thrilling sports drama, astute social commentary and a beautifully crafted portrait of an athlete.
DVD Special Features include HD transfer, enhanced for widescreen viewing; 30 minutes of deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; and Optional English and Traditional Chinese subtitles.
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Also available on DVD as part of the box set CHINA ON FILM: THE NEW MILLENNIUM.