China Heavyweight is a gripping documentary about boxing in China. Like, boxing boxing. Western boxing. The sport was banned by Mao in 1958 but it’s been legal for the past thirty years ago and it’s rising in popularity throughout the country, right alongside mixed martial arts.
The movie focuses on an aging coaching going out to train some young hopefuls who are basically staking their entire futures on the sport. Eventually he gets back into the ring himself, ostensibly to inspire his students. It’s a really gripping story. Well worth a watch.