GenreDocumentary, Sport Running time1h 34m WriterYung Chang LanguageChinese
Release dateJanuary 20, 2012 (2012-01-20) (Sundance Film Festival) Initial releaseJanuary 25, 2002 (Denmark) CastMoxiang Qi, Zhong Zhao, Zongli He, Yungfei Miao, Ye Xinchun Music directorOlivier Alary, Johannes Malfatti Similar moviesYung Chang directed China Heavyweight and Up the Yangtze
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China Heavyweight (also known by its Chinese title 千錘百煉) is a 2012 documentary film by the Chinese-Canadian documentary film director Yung Chang and released by EyeSteelFilm. It is Yung Chang's second long feature documentary film after Up the Yangtze from 2007.
In 1959, Mao Zedong had imposed a ban on the sport of boxing in China considering it "too Western and brutal". The ban was lifted in 1987 and boxing began being taught in schools.
The film is about Qi Moxiang, a boxing coach who, alongside Zhao Zhong, the boxing program director, goes to rural China to recruit from ordinary peasant hopefuls to be trained for a possible sporting and Olympic career. The documentary shows his visit to Huili County in the southwestern Sichuan province, and documents the young athletes chosen there.
The film concentrates on two of the boys: Miao Yunfei and He Zhongli whom coach Qi has brought to the Chinese provincial finals. In addition, to provide a role model for his students, Qi decides to fight professionally again against a much younger rival from Japan.
The film had its premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in the World Documentary section. It was nominated for Grand Jury Prize for "World Cinema - Documentary" category.
It was also an official selection at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Zeitgeist Films acquired the rights of distribution of the film in the United States.
Qi Moxiang as himself (boxing coach)
He Zongli as himself (boxer)
Miao Yunfei as himself (boxer)
Zhao Zhong as himself (Master)
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