China Heavyweight

89 min. minutes | Rated NR

Sometimes, the heart of a culture is not reached by apparent entrances (culinary habits, religious beliefs, language). With the documentary China Heavyweight, the unexpected entrance into newly industrialized China is boxing, a once banned but now emerging sport. The film is about young and rural students who are selected by former boxing champ Qi Moxiang to train for a chance at Olympic glory. These boxing dreams turn out to be the door through which we enter the soul, rhythms, sounds, and intimate moments of China today. It is a beautifully shot and richly detailed film. (CHARLES MUDEDE)

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Film Credits
Yung Chang
Zongli He, Moxiang Qi, Yunfei Miao, Zhong Zhao