- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: New Line Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0 English
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes: 8 Deleted Scenes
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 04/22/2005
"[A] skillful and winning piece of honest booster portraiture..."
This documentary tells a unique story of Eastern and Western cultures merging within the world of professional basketball. Yao Ming, the seven-feet-six-inches-tall athlete who is a star in his native China, was the first pick of the Houston Rockets for the 2002-2003 NBA draft. Feeling pressure from his Chinese audience to succeed in the US, while simultaneously facing the scrutiny of the American basketball establishment, Yao meets significant challenges during his first year in the NBA. Narrated by Yao's 28-year-old interpreter, Colin Pine, the film shows how Yao and Colin navigate the turbulent ups and downs of American-style celebrity. Meanwhile, Colin also struggles with the complexity of translating NBA terminology into Mandarin Chinese. Despite frustrating setbacks and missteps, both Yao and Colin handle their new environments with aplomb and humor. Learning as they go, both become highly competent at what they do, finding ways to help each other. As a result, THE YEAR OF THE YAO is not only about basketball, it is also about the strong friendship that develops between these two strangers from totally different corners of the world.
Description by Warner Home Video:
Year of the Yao
In this powerful and inspiring story, Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming faces incredible challenges - on the court and off - as he journeys from Shanghai to the Houston Rockets to become a true global hero. Exciting and insightful, critics are calling this winning tale a "fascinating saga."
- Theatrical Release: APRIL 15, 2005 (LIMITED)