China Heavyweight

Director Yung Chang
Genre Documentary
Runtime 89 minutes
Supplier EyeSteelFilms
Festivals/Awards Sundance Film Festival Official Selection 2012
Release Date In theatres on May 11, 2012
DVD/Blu-ray available on January 15, 2013


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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Cast & Credits

Executive Producer Mila Aung-Thwin
Daniel Cross
Lixin Fan
Robin Smith
Producer Bob Moore
Peter Wintonick
Yi Han
Qi Zhao

Press & Articles

“'China Heavyweight': A Rocky road to redemption (4 stars)” - The Globe and Mail

“China’s growing pains Montreal director Yung Chang explores a nation in transition in his boxing doc 'China Heavyweight'” - Montreal Mirror

“'China Heavyweight': Le poids d’une nation ” - Voir

“'China Heavyweight' review” - Montreal Gazette

“'China Heavyweight': Canadian director Yung Chang’s boxing documentary rings true” - The Toronto Star

“'China Heavyweight': This doc packs a punch that leaves us feeling (5 stars)” - Torontoist

“'China Heavyweight' Review” - The Grid

“‘China Heavyweight’ is an emotional contender” - Sound on Sight

“Canadian director Yung Chang’s new doc focuses on boxing in China ” - The Globe and Mail

“Yung Chang On Meeting Mike Tyson In China ” - CBC: George Strouboulopoulos Tonight

“Sparring with the director of China Heavyweight ” - The Globe and Mail

“Interview: 'China Heavyweight' director Yung Chang” - The Toronto Star

“Yung Chang's new film: 'China Heavyweight'” - CBC Radio: Day 6 With Brent Bambury

“'China Heavyweight': Documentary uses boxing to examine China” - The Province

“Interview: Yung Chang” - Dork Shelf

“Meet the 2012 Sundance Filmmakers: Yung Chang, 'China Heavyweight'” - Indiewire

“Sundance 2012: the 20 films to look out for” - The Guardian

“'China Heavyweight' Opens in Toronto Friday May 11” - Alternavox

“Films at the 2012 Hot Docs festival” - The Globe and Mail

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