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      The Year of the Yao

      PG Released Apr 15, 2005 1 hr. 27 min. Documentary List
      67% 33 Reviews Tomatometer 70% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score This documentary chronicles Yao Ming's first year of playing in the National Basketball Association. When Ming signs with the Houston Rockets, he becomes the first player from China to play in the NBA, a feat that makes him immensely popular in his homeland. However, the style of play in the league is vastly different from that in China, and Yao initially struggles. As he becomes more familiar with his teammates and the American culture, however, Yao starts to excel on the court. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Aug 22 Buy Now

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      This sports bio documentary is given a few fresh angles, including culture clash issues, and the friendship that develops between Yao and his interpreter.

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      Audience Member I remember the hype so it was interesting to see the intimate view of his rookie basketball season from practices to crucial head to head and championships. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Great story, young man had the whole country on his back. Underrated sports documentary that is being forgotten, more people should see this. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member I loved this documentary! It made me want to learn more about him. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Yao Ming is a NBA legend from China. This is a movie of Yao's first year of NBA.If you are interested in basket ball and the city of Houston, you may learn something from this movie. 1.I learned how popular Yao was in China.he was not only a player, but also an ambassador. He built great relationships between China and Houston. 2.I enjoyed watching his friendship with his interpreter. Yao was not able to speak English.The interceptor sincerely helped Yao.The interpreter was not only English teacher but also some mentor of American culture, because Yao would like to learn American culture. 3.Regarding basket ball, he was struggling with NBA. Many analysts predicted Yaos failure.People were laughing at Yao' awkward play. Then Yao learned. He scored and blocked.He played at an all star game. Finally he was successful. The movie describes Yao's frst year at NBA.YAO retired but People in Houston still remember him. He still actively plays an important role between Houston and China.Thanks! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member good sports doc and another lost review flixter-grrr Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Fantastic Doc. on a great subject. Seeing Yao Ming's first season in the NBA and in America is fascinating. The cultural shifts that plagued him in the beginning eventually gave way as he become a Worldwide phenom and "unofficial" Ambassador between the West and China. The most interesting part of the doc. is the relationship between Yao's young/rookie interpretor, Colin Pine, and himself. Setting up 2 young rookie's together was either a stroke of genius or a divine accident, either way it is the heart of the film. OF COURSE, it doesn't at all hurt that I live in Houston. I think this film works so well that it would even be of interest to Non NBA fans as well. Very Nice. YAO! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Fred Camper Chicago Reader James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's taut, engrossing 2004 documentary on Chinese basketball player Yao Ming's first year in the NBA offers insight into the game and its stars. Mar 25, 2008 Full Review Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune Should be a natural for NBA fans and please non-enthusiasts as well. Rated: 3/4 Aug 5, 2005 Full Review Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times As bright and shiny as you would imagine something co-produced by NBA Entertainment to be, The Year of the Yao provides little insight beyond hanging out with its super-sized star. Rated: 2/5 Aug 4, 2005 Full Review Jason Gorber Film Scouts The film never feels like some sort of shill, but an actual historical document of this strangest of cultural immersions for a national superstar. Rated: A- Jun 21, 2007 Full Review Lewis Beale Film Journal International By playing up the hoopla and glitz, the filmmakers have created a vacuum at its center. Mar 1, 2007 Full Review Harvey S. Karten Compuserve The film is happily as fast paced as the sport of basketball itself: there are no bearded, stuttering academics discussing any aspect of the story. Rated: B Jan 19, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis This documentary chronicles Yao Ming's first year of playing in the National Basketball Association. When Ming signs with the Houston Rockets, he becomes the first player from China to play in the NBA, a feat that makes him immensely popular in his homeland. However, the style of play in the league is vastly different from that in China, and Yao initially struggles. As he becomes more familiar with his teammates and the American culture, however, Yao starts to excel on the court.
      Director
      Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
      Executive Producer
      Bill Duffy, Adam Silver, Larry Weitzman, Gregg Winik
      Distributor
      New Line Cinema
      Production Co
      NBA Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment
      Rating
      PG (Some Mild Language)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 15, 2005, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 1, 2011
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $34.7K
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