James Mudge’s Best and Most Disappointing Films of 2012

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China Heavyweight (Best)

Both a gripping sports story and a fascinating documentary, Yung Chang’s film makes great use of an intriguing premise, following a series of Chinese young boxers, recruited from rural areas and trying to use the sport to offer them new lives. Having premiered at Sundance, the humanistic and moving film has been garnering strong word of mouth at festivals around the world, and makes for entertaining and powerful viewing, even for those not usually into documentaries.

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