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The Year of the Yao (2004)

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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Barkley ... Himself
Frank Deford ... Himself
Steve Francis Steve Francis ... Himself
Michael Irvin ... Himself
Ernie Johnson ... Himself
Cuttino Mobley Cuttino Mobley ... Himself
Shaquille O'Neal ... Himself
Colin Pine Colin Pine ... Himself
Glen Rice Glen Rice ... Himself
Kenny Smith ... Himself
Ming Yao ... Himself (as Yao Ming)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

2 June 2005 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Yao Ming Movie See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,823, 17 April 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,699, 7 August 2005
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

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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An Inspirational Journey!
7 January 2013 | by dreaminspiraSee all my reviews

Year of the Yao was a spectacular movie. While most fans who have follow Yao's path from China to America would not learn much new information, the way the film captured the intensity of the time was magnificent. All that pressure that Yao was facing at the time became so tangible when watching the movie - seeing Yao carry the dreams of an entire nation as he came into the NBA. All in all, the movie was very inspirational. The numerous hardships Yao had to endure, from the expectations of his homeland to his first few extraordinary clumsy games to the match up with the "Shaq" instills us a sense of possibility, of how people can rise to any challenges and win.


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