DVD Release: China Heavyweight

DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99
Studio: Zeitgeist

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Qi Moxiang puts up his dukes in China Heavyweight.

The Best Documentary Winner at the 2012 Taiwan Golden Horse Awards (the Chinese Oscars), China Heavyweight is the latest film from Yung Chang, the award-winning director/producer of the acclaimed documentaries Up the Yangtze and Last Train Home.

The2012 movie focuses in on the charismatic Qi Moxiang, a former boxing star and state coach who recruits young fighting talent from the impoverished farms and villages across the Sichuan province. A select few boys (and girls) are sent to national training centers, with the hope of discovering China’s next Olympic heroes. But will these potential boxing champions leave it all behind to be the next Mike Tyson? Their rigorous training, teenage trials and family tribulations are intertwined with Coach Qi’s own desire to get back in the ring for one more shot at victory.

The unrated China Heavyweight received a U.S. theatrical and digital release in July, 2012, garnering positive reviews as both a sports “drama” and a social commentary about China and its ever-changing economic and cultural landscape.

Presented in Chinese and Sichuanese with English subtitles, the DVD contains 30 minutes of additional scenes.

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