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Despite facing the odds against cultural and language barriers, the pressure of representing a nation of 1.2 billion, as well as facing Shaquille O'Neal, the NBA's most dominant player, 7ft 6in Chinese basketball phenom Yao Ming succeeds in his first year in the NBA by finding friendship and support in his American translator, strength in the wisdom of his traditional Chinese values, and confidence in his own abilities. Through it all, Yao Ming became the most recognizable figure from China since Mao Tse Tung and a hero to millions around the globe. Written by Anonymous

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From China to the NBA. From hero to underdog. The phenomenal journey of Yao Ming.

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »
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2 June 2005 (Singapore)  »

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$27,823 (USA) (15 April 2005)

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$34,699 (USA) (5 August 2005)
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Although during the film it is stated repeatedly that Yao Ming is 7'5" tall, in actuality Yao is 7'6" tall. The 7'5" height stems from the fact that he was not measured until he arrived in the US in October of 2002. So he was listed at the 7'5" height, from an old measurement. By the time Yao arrived in the US and was measured at 7'6", he had already been listed in all media at 7'5". Thusly people always referred to Yao as being 7'5". His height has since been updated in all media to the correct 7'6", but nonetheless in the film he is referred to as being 7'5". See more »

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27 April 2005 | by (Winnipeg, Canada) – See all my reviews

I thought that overall this was a great movie. And that's coming from a guy who doesn't know much of anything when it comes to basketball. Both people who know basketball and those who don't will enjoy this film. It's not only about basketball, in fact, not very much so but more about the life and the transition from China to the US for Yao Ming. It's a great story and the way the story was told makes it much more exciting than your average documentary. You're really able to get into the movie and get a glimpse of what Yao' life was like for him in his first year in the NBA. Again, this is a great movie that's not only intended for basketball fans but anyone really.


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