Press and Reviews

(…) the movie uses its micro-narrative to offer a subtle macro-critique of the state of modern China—a place where effusive national pride can’t entirely counterbalance the harsh social and economic realities that prevent each of these fighters from fully realizing his potential.

Time Out New York Review (Critics’ Pick)


Canadian helmer Yung Chang delivers another artfully downbeat chronicle of mainland life with “China Heavyweight,” an intimate and affecting account of two aspiring boxers from the sticks training under the same hard-working coach.

Variety Review

Heavyweight is an essential social document on the hardships and lack of opportunity in the industrialized ‘New’ China.

Sound on Sight Review

In his sophomore film, Chang, once again, shows himself to be one of our great young cinéma-vérité directors, with “our” meaning, not just belonging to Canada, but to the world.

4 Star Globe & Mail review

New York Times Review

New York Post Review

Christian Science Monitor Review

Blouin Artinfo

Rotten Tomatoes

Globe & Mail Interview

Toronto Star review

CBC Strombo TV Interview (Video)

CBC Radio Q Interview (Video)

CNN Interview (Video)

Nowness Exclusive Sneak Peek

Montreal Mirror Review & Interview

La Presse Review (French)

Le Voir Review (French)

Revue 24 Images (French)

Sing Tao Daily Interview (Chinese)

Ming Pao Interview (Chinese)

Torontoist Review

IonCinema Review

Exclaim! Review

Slug Magazine

Epoch Times Interview

Guardian 20 Films to look out for

CBC Day 6 Radio Interview (Radio)

Dorkshelf Interview

Twitch Interview

New Empress Magazine Review

Bring Your Own Doc interview  ( Video)