FOR ASIA WATCHERS and sports lovers, there's a fascinating story in the Asia Society's blog on "China Heavyweight," a new documentary about boxing in the Sichuan province of China. The film, by acclaimed director Yung Chang, looks at young boxers Miao Yunfei and He Zongli and their coach as they train for China's national team and the Olympics. The New York Times calls the film a "remarkably tender portrait (that) positions a particularly violent sport as nothing less than a lifeline to the 21st century." Can't wait to see it. It's the real thing. No flying kung fu warriors or "Rocky" film fantasies.
- Asia Blog, "Interview: Yung Chang Steps Into the Ring with Documentary 'China Heavyweight' " by Sherley Wetherhold.