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19 Ratings

China Heavyweight

Directed by Chang Yung
Canada, China, 2012
Documentary, Sport


In central China, where a coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions, the top students face dramatic choices as they graduate – should they fight for the collective good or for themselves? A metaphor for the choices everyone in the New China faces now.

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China Heavyweight Directed by Chang Yung

Awards & Festivals

Golden Horse Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Best Documentary

Milan Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Best Feature Film (International)

What are people saying?

  • msmichel's rating of the film China Heavyweight

    Cinema verite documentary from Yung Chang that uses the re-emergence of boxing in mainland China, after decades being banned by the Mao government, as its starting point. However, unlike 'Last Train Home' the emotional distance provided by this kind of filmmaking makes the film less successful in gathering any kind of response from the viewer. Gets bogged down in too few stories none of them inspirational. A miss.

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