The Year of the Yao

Release Date: April 15, 2005
Limited release

Dear Yao, you're right, practice does help the free throws. Love, Shaq

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This documentary chronicles the first year in the NBA of Chinese phenom Yao Ming. The 7'6" Yao made quite a splash during his rookie season, including a press-touted feud of sorts with the league's reigning high-profile center, Shaquille O'Neal. The film follows Yao Ming as he struggles to learn the language and make friends while still holding true to the traditional Chinese values he learned. Eventually, he becomes possibly the most recognized Chinese national since Mao Tse Tung, and a hero to millions in his homeland as well as around the globe.

The Year of the Yao premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2004, with reviews being positive while still pointing out that the film offers little new information on Yao Ming for fervent basketball fans, nor any insight into its subject beyond superficial observations already well covered by the sports press. Still, for people who enjoy basketball and/or films about same, or for anyone who is interested in seeing how someone from a vastly different culture deals with living in America, the film should generate some interest when it comes to the art-house circuit. (Stephanie Star Smith/BOP)

Vital statistics for The Year of the Yao
Director Jim Stern, Adam Del Deo
Distributor Fine Line Features
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Rating PG
Running Time 87 minutes
Screen Count 12
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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