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China Heavyweight -- In this riveting documentary, award-winning filmmaker Yung Chang follows the charismatic Qi Moxiang, a former boxing star and state coach who recruits young fighting talent from the impoverished farms and villages across Sichuan province. CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT is all at once thrilling sports drama, astute social commentary and a beautifully crafted portrait of an athlete.
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A documentary on rural teenagers in southwestern China who are recruited as their country's next Olympic hopefuls, with a focus on the coach Qi Moxiang. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Zongli He ... Himself
Yunfei Miao ... Himself
Moxiang Qi ... Himself
Ye Xinchun ... Himself
Zhong Zhao ... Himself

Directed by
Yung Chang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yung Chang  writer

Produced by
Mila Aung-Thwin .... executive producer
Daniel Cross .... executive producer
Lixin Fan .... executive producer
Yi Han .... producer
Bob Moore .... producer
Zhao Qi .... producer
Peter Wintonick .... producer
Original Music by
Olivier Alary 
Johannes Malfatti (co-composer)
Cinematography by
Shaoguang Sun 
Film Editing by
Xi Feng 
Hannele Halm 
Production Management
Ryan Mullins .... post-production supervisor
Han Yi .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Jo Caron .... foley mixer
Liming Fan .... sound recordist
Gavin Fernandes .... sound re-recording mixer
Guy Francoeur .... foley artist
Marie-Christine Hébert .... foley assistant
Lou Kun .... sound recordist: second unit
Aaron Lakoff .... assistant sound editor
Benoit Leduc .... adr mixer
Isabelle Lussier .... re-recording assistant
Johannes Malfatti .... arranger: sound
Jacinthe Paiement .... sound post-production coordinator
Guy Pelletier .... dialogue editor
Vincent Riendeau .... re-recording assistant
Jean-Philippe Savard .... technical support
Kyle Stanfield .... sound designer
Kyle Stanfield .... supervising sound editor
Ouyang Yaokun .... second unit: sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Yung Chang .... additional cinematography
Yung Chang .... camera operator
Cao Erfeng .... gaffer assistant
Cao Fei .... gaffer assistant
Zhao Fei .... jib arm operator
Ma Jian .... additional camera operator
Dingding Ke .... additional camera operator
Lu Nannan .... gaffer assistant
Maya Newell .... assistant camera
Xiaoyu Niu .... additional camera operator
Mengying Pei .... gaffer assistant
Zhang Peng .... additional camera operator
Cao Qian .... gaffer assistant
Sun Shaohua .... gaffer
Shaoguang Sun .... camera operator
Liao Tao .... additional camera operator
Fu Tianxiang .... assistant camera
Shi Qing Wang .... additional cinematography (as Shiqing Wang)
Shi Qing Wang .... camera operator (as Shiqing Wang)
Xiaotian Wang .... jib assistant
Wang Xin .... assistant camera
Fu Xingbao .... assistant camera
Sun Xuefang .... gaffer assistant
Zhao Yongchao .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Edmund Duff .... assistant editor (as Edmund John Duff)
Xi Feng .... assistant editor
Zheng Fu .... assistant editor
Eric Gaudry .... digital intermediate colorist
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... commissioning editor: DR
Luo Xiaoyue .... assistant editor
Music Department
Olivier Alary .... musician
John Corban .... musician
Erik Hove .... musician (as Eric Hove)
Johannes Malfatti .... arranger
Johannes Malfatti .... music re-recording mixer
Johannes Malfatti .... musician
Bertil Schulrabe .... musician
Transportation Department
Xiaojun Li .... driver
Other crew
Laurent Boyé .... international festival publicity team: telefilm canada (as Laurent Boye)
Robert Gray .... subtitles
David Magdael .... publicist
Anne Stulz .... publicist

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94 min

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The Chinese title, Qian Chui Bai Lian, is an old idiom that means "to be tried and tested a thousand times over."See more »
Zhong Zhao:If you make the provincial team, you'll be China's official athletes. You'll be the country's people. Don't train hard and you'll be back home farming. Then you'll be no one but your mum's kid.See more »


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Beautifully-shot. Stories were well portrayed!, 14 July 2012
Author: lui-samantha

China Heavyweight is beautifully-shot documentary about overcoming adversity and doing whatever it takes to become a champion.

Serving as a follow-up to Yung Chang's 2007 film Up in Yangtze, the Chinese-Canadian director takes his viewers back to China and introduces them to three men involved at a boxing academy in Southwest China. Qi Moxiang, is a state boxing coach who searches for raw talent in village schools and rural tobacco fields of the Sichuan province. A former boxer himself, Moxiang longs to have one more shot at victory after losing an Olympic qualifying match from a previous year. The younger boxers on the other hand, are Miao Yunfei and He Zongli. Chosen to go into elite training, both hope they won't spend their lives as tobacco farmers.

Having its Canadian premiere at the HotDocs film festival in Toronto, this film takes an observational approach into showing Coach Qi's dedication to the sport and the lives of two aspiring boxers who vie for a better life outside the village they grew up in.

While three characters can be a handful to focus on, Chang does an excellent job in intertwining their stories and bringing them back together at the end of the film during Coach Qi's final match.

But with several intimate and personal scenes involving the characters and their families, having to shoot in such close settings isn't always easy.

"We tried to build trust and a relationship with the characters," said Chang, noting that he wanted to give the audience the vision that the film was "almost in the mind of the subject".

But given that the documentary's subject is boxing, there's deeper meanings entwined in the film's narrative approach. While extremely personal, it successfully highlights the camaraderie between each individual and the struggles faced as they go away from home to take a shot at fighting for the glory of their country.

And even though the summary of this movie may seem like any sports documentary about overcoming challenges in order to become a champion, it's interesting to see young individuals evolve into elite athletes from their humble village surroundings in the Sichuan province.

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