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Despite facing the odds against cultural and language barriers, the pressure of representing a nation of 1.2 billion, as well as facing sahquille o'neal, the nba's most dominant player, 7ft 6in chinese basketball phenom yao ming succeeds in his 1st year in the nba.


Studio New Line
SKU 202164022
UPC 794043825323
UPC 14 00794043825323
Format DVD
Release Date 3/14/2006
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Ming,Yao
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Cast & Crew
Adam Del Deo - Director
Adam Silver - Executive Producer
Charles Barkley - Featuring
Christopher Chen - Producer
Colin Pine - Narrated By
James D. Stern - Director
Jeff Werner - Editor
Michael Tolajian - Editor
Shaquille O'Neal - Featuring
Yao Ming - Featuring
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review The unexpected pleasure of this movie is the friendship that develops between Yao and his translator, Colin Pine, who bond through an endless travel, media blitzes, personal appearances and game-time pressure. Pine had lived in Taiwan for three years but was headed to law school for lack of anything better do when the job opportunity arose. There are some priceless scenes, such as Yao walking down a street in Beijing, towering above the masses; Yao shopping for video games in a Best Buy; and Yao developing a rapport with his mostly black teammates, who had different upbringings from Yao but share the sense of being on the outside of mainstream American culture. It's true that "Year of the Yao" would seem better suited to a television screen than a movie screen, but it's a fun ride that slickly packs a season's worth of emotions into 89 minutes. It's so much more than a highlight reel.
Reviewer G. Allen Johnson
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review Chronicling the star's fabled 2002-2003 rookie season, Year Of The Yao stretches the format of a typical ESPN-style profile to feature length, padding out "candid" man-about-town footage with highlights of Yao's hardwood exploits. As he arrives in Houston on a wave of hype, the 22-year-old Yao immediately clings to his ever-present rookie translator Colin Pine, who not only helps him bridge the language barrier, but eases the inevitable culture shock. Though the two are virtually inseparable during the season, Yao proves savvier and more adaptable than anyone might have predicted, showing off a deadpan sense of humor during press conferences and carrying himself with a humility that's rare in the NBA. With the Rockets out of the playoff hunt, the film hangs on Yao's first confrontation with the league's most dominant center, Shaquille O'Neal, whose forceful presence underneath the basket was counterbalanced nicely by Yao's finesse game. Year Of The Yao treads lightly on the ugly side of merging foreign cultures, from innocuous promotional events like "Fortune Cookie Night" to comments that stretch the bounds of political correctness.
Reviewer Scott Tobias
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital (5.1), Deleted Scenes, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ming,Yao
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle It's so much more than a highlight reel.
Harvey Karten, CompuServe Showbiz Forum The film is happily as fast paced as the sport of basketball itself...

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