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The Year of the Yao

The Year of the Yao
The Year of the Yao
The Year of the Yao
  • PG
  • 1h 28m
  • 2005
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He's 7'5" tall, weighs 296 lbs. and carries the hopes and dreams of 1.3 billion people on his athletic shoulders. Dozens of articles have been written about him, and he's graced the covers of Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, ESPN magazine, SLAM, Inside Stuff and Basketball Digest, as well as many other periodicals. He's appeared in commercials for Visa, Apple Computer and Gatorade. He was a basketball phenom in his native China and is now a sensation in the United States, playing center for the Houston Rockets. He's Yao Ming! See what all the excitement is about in The Year Of The Yao, a vibrant documentary that 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.
© 2005 New Line Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: 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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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Yao Ming's journey from Shanghai to Houston.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary focuses on the super-popular basketball player Yao Ming, whose initial acclimation into U.S. culture involves getting used to a new language, new habits, and new expectations. Many kids will be interested in his story, partly because the marketing machine this film exposes is so successful (Yao jerseys, posters, and other merchandise are everywhere). Families should be aware that the film's premise is Yao's integration into U.S. commercial culture: he becomes a kind of brand himself, as he sells Apple computers or soft drinks. It doesn't hurt that Yao is a great salesman, a good sport, and a loyal son to his parents, who come with him to live in Houston during his first year. There is mild profanity (from Yao's teammates), and the game scenes can be intense (only as professional basketball involves some aggression and body contact).

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:April 15, 2005
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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