Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Yung Chang|
|Produced by||Bob Moore, Peter Wintonick, Han Yi, Zhao Qi (producers) Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin, Lixin Fan, Tsiang Ben (exec. producers)|
|Written by||Yung Chang|
|Music by||Olivier Alary
Johannes Malfatti (co-composer)
|Distributed by||EyeSteelFilm (Quebec (Canada) / international)
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.
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.
It was also an official selection at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
- Qi Moxiang as himself (boxing coach)
- He Zongli as himself (boxer)
- Miao Yunfei as himself (boxer)
- Zhao Zhong as himself (Master)
- Liam Lacey (11 May 2012). "China Heavyweight: A Rocky road to redemption". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 May 2012.
- HotDocs: China Heavyweight
- IndieWire: Zeitgeist Acquires Sundance Doc 'China Heavyweight'
- China Heavyweight at the Internet Movie Database
- Film page on EyeSteelFilm website (includes an official trailer)