From the filmmakers of “Last Train Home” and “Up the Yangtze” comes the new documentary “China Heavyweight”. In central China, a Master coach recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. Through hard work and discipline, these boys and girls come of age, trained in the art of boxing and the game of life. They are filled with Olympic dreams, hoping to become China’s next amateur heroes. The top students face dramatic choices as they graduate – should they fight for the collective good or for themselves? A metaphor for the choices everyone in the New China faces now.
This film was an official selection to the 2012 Sundance film Festival and the 2012 Hotdocs films festival.
China Heavyweight trailer