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The Year of the Yao

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Yao Ming. He's 7'5" tall, weighs 296 lbs. and carries the hopes and dreams of 1.3 billion people on his athletic shoulders. This vibrant documentary captures not only the exceptional athlete and Chinese hero who arrived in America with no command of the English language, but also the simple guy who now lives with his mother in Houston, Texas and likes hanging out with friends, surfing the internet and playing video games. Also featuring NBA greats Shaquille O' Neal ("Scary Movie 4," "Kazaam"), Charles Barkley ("Space Jam," "Look Who's Talking Now").

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Hoosiers and Glory Road are rousing underdog sports films based on inspiring true stories. The Year of the Yao is the real thing, a satisfying chronicle of the international superstar's tumultuous rookie year. It is doubtful that any NBA player had to withstand the type of scrutiny that the 22-year-old Ming endured. The first-overall draft pick in 2002, the NBA's first Chinese player was expected to make the Houston Rockets an instant playoff team, though he was unaccustomed to the speed and aggressiveness of American-style basketball. He was also seen as "a walking advertisement" and ambassador for expanding China's place on the world stage. Yao carried all the pressure on his seven-foot, six-inch frame with aplomb, aided immeasurably by Colin Pine, who put off law school to become his interpreter. Yao's story plays like the stuff of Hollywood fiction, from his disastrous debut that inspired TV commentator Charles Barkley to promise to kiss his co-anchor's backside if Yao ever scored 19 points in a game to his emergence as a bona-fide superstar of Shaq proportions. Historical snapshots of China put Yao's story into cultural context, making The Year of the Yao compelling viewing even to those for whom basketball is foreign. --Donald Liebenson

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Product Details

  • Actors: Yao Ming, Shaquille O'Neal, Colin Pine
  • Directors: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
  • Producers: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern, Bill Duffy, Adam Silver, Gregg Winik
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E1JOP2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Year of the Yao" on IMDb

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I watched this documentary in the theatres, and it was an "upper" that got your spirits up with suspenseful scenes like the footage of the Yao Ming/Shaq showdowns. The musical score made it very entertaining making this relaxing, easy viewing. It was inspiring to see such a young guy like Yao Ming to appear so mentally strong when confronted with so much media attention and other pressures coming from many directions.
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I have watched this movie several times (you can watch it online if you are not sure) and decided to send it to my Dad as his 85th birthday gift. He is a NBA fan and Yao Ming fan. I cannot wait to see what a surprise this would bring to him! One may think that a person's opinion could be a bias, and the movie had people with many different back ground and occupations (coach, teammate, sport journalists, NBA fans, US president, China aembassador...) to give their opinions about Yao Ming---make it a more complete picture about how this man influent NBA, China and US. Worth every penny!
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There is no other sports documentary that so well integrates the journey of one man (Colin Pine) through the exploits of another (Yao Ming). This film manages to pull off the feat of portraying the first year of Yao Ming's NBA experience through the eyes, ears, and actions of his personal assistant and interpreter. The Year of Yao addresses such complex issues as globalization, US-China relations, and provides a behind-the-scenes peek into the daily rigors of an NBA player. Pine's narrative is candid and honest, and the viewer gains an appreciation for the pressure Yao contends with on a nightly basis. The documentary is fair, objective, and deserves credit for synthesizing the dynamic world of basketball with relevant cultural topics without becoming overly generalized or banal. In the end, this is a well edited, superbly narrated depiction of two strangers navigating the rookie waters of the world's most popular basketball league.
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