The Year of the Yao
This absorbing documentary tracks the rookie year of Ming Yao -- who's become one of the leading centers in the National Basketball Association -- from the first ball toss to the final whistle of the last game of the season. Even in a sport crowded with hulking giants, Ming stands tall at 7 feet, 5 inches high and is fast becoming a legend in Houston, where he's based with the Rockets, and in his native China.
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes.
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Common Sense Note
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).
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Basketball scenes include some aggressive play.
- Very brief.
- Social Behavior
- Not applicable
- The film is partly about Yao becoming a brand name.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it