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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
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 »
The Year of the Yao is an entertaining film about Chinese basketball star Yao Ming's rookie season in the NBA. More suited to the casual basketball fan, the documentary fails to deliver any deep insights or personal secrets about the amiable 7'6" center for the Houston Rockets. NBA fans will be familiar with what is presented here; but casual fans will likely take interest in Yao's story. One wonders, though, why the film is being released so long after Yao's 2002-2003 rookie season. I saw it in September 2004 at the Toronto film festival, where it was rumoured to be released theatrically in 2005. By then, we will have passed the Year of LeBron James (03-04), and be in the Year of Somebody Else.
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