China Heavyweight Synopsis
A master coach trains poor teenagers in rural China to become Western-style boxers.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
As with his previous film, director Chang nurses a compelling drama from a multilayered cultural reality, at once intimate and unfathomably...
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80

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Illustrating the film's rags-to-ring narrative with panoramic mountain views and compact shots of young bodies punching their way up the...
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
It's in between the lines that this movingly perceptive film scores a TKO.
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80

Variety

By Justin Chang
As he did in his Three Gorges Dam documentary "Up the Yangtze," Chang examines how a particular strain of Western culture promises...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Chang doesn't pull his punches in this continuing look at a changing, out-of-control China.
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75

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Where Wiseman excelled in respecting the broad rhythms and pure storytelling of the ring, Chang's new documentary focuses on the stories of...
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70

Los Angeles Times

With observant fluidity and that grounding point of Qi's desire to fight once again, Chang roots the film in personal, individual stories,...
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70

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
In the end, once we realize the title doesn't refer to these bantams' weight class but to their strength of heart, or something, the film...
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63

Slant Magazine

Although we never really get to know He or Miao, despite following them around vérité-style, director Yung Chang expertly captures the rays...
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63

Washington Post

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Its brutality is unacceptable to Buddhism and Confucianism yet is increasingly appealing to young men (and women). And in a country that...
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Awesome

By tionashuffelen
Great movie!...