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China Heavyweight

Yung Chang 2012

In central China, a Master coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. Through hard work and discipline, these boys and girls come of age, trained in the art of boxing and the game of life. They are filled with Olympic dreams, hoping to become China’s next amateur heroes.
But the pull of professionalism also weighs upon their shoulders. The top student boxers face dramatic choices as they graduate – should they fight for the collective good as amateurs or for themselves and their own personal gain as professionals?

Running Time: 52/90 min.
Subject(s): Asian Studies, Education, Family, Sports, Youth
Language(s): Chinese
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Yi Han, Bob Moore, Zhao Qi, Peter Wintonick
Cinematographer: Sun Shaoguang
Editor(s): Hannele Halm
Production Company: Eye Steel Film


  • Video Librarian
    Yung has a remarkably fluid style, delivering an unexpectedly tender film about the price of coming into one’s own... Recommended.
  • Educational Media Reviews Online
    This video provides fascinating insights into today’s rural China and Chinese methods for developing world-class athletes… Highly Recommended

Festival Participation

  • Dallas Asian Film Festival
    Best Documentary
  • Mlano Film Festival
    Best Documentary
  • Buster Copenhagen Film Festival
    Special Mention
  • ZagrebDox
  • Sundance World Documentary Competition
  • Hot Docs - Toronto
  • Sheffield

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