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Still shot from the movie: The Year of the Yao.

The Year of the Yao

The Year of The Yao is a documentary following the transformation rookie basketball player Yao Ming from Chinese sports hero to American superstar. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: A
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Theater Release: 28 Apr 2005
Video Release: 13 Mar 2006
MPAA Rating: PG
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Professional athletes are often elevated to celebrity status. How does this affect the sport, the players and the fans? What is the difference between a celebrity and a hero? Can a person be both?

NBA Commissioner David Stern has been credited with saving the NBA by upping the entertainment aspect of the game and making media icons of the players. What evidence can you see of that action? Why would the NBA choose to tell this story?

How does Yao Ming deal with the pressure of performing? What responsibility does he feel to his fellow countrymen? In what ways does he affect those he meets in America?

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