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Genre Documentary
Running Time 89 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date Jul 6, 2012
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China Heavyweight

In central China, a Master 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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September 18, 2012 - Boston.com - By Janice Page, Globe Staff

No one drinks a raw egg in “China Heavyweight.” No one yells “Yo, Adrian!” either. But the new movie from Chinese-Canadian director Yung Chang (“Up the Yangtze”) has much more in common with Sylvester Stallone’s “Rocky” than it does with Frederick Wiseman’s “Boxing Gym.” Where Wiseman excelled in respecting the broad rhythms and pure storytelling of the ring, Chang’s new documentary focuses on the stories of three boxers and weaves them into a compelling narrative that rivals anything Hollywood could script.

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