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Genre: Documentary
Rating: PG
Year Made: 2007






Languages: English
Subtitles: Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Sound: -
Running Time: 52 mins
Region Code: PAL 3
Distributor: Scorpio East
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Ancient Chinese Sports will catapult viewers into a sporting world that few knew existed. This was a world that thrived centuries before the glory of the Olympic Games. Beyond the martial arts and acrobatics, we look at the colourful sports that were created in Imperial China. From ancient football and golf to Confucian archery, Ancient Chinese Sports brings the unique world of china's historical athletes to life.


It is clear why this documentary was produced: To cash in on the Beijing Olympics. Who would have thought that the ancient world of China was a land where sports flourished before other countries of the world discovered them? Who would have thought that sports in ancient China involved military wars and cleansing of the human body? And what better time to tell this to the world than now, which incidentally, well, coincides with the 29th Olympiad Games held in Beijing?

The 52 minute documentary was first aired on several international cable channels during the months leading up to the Beijing Olympic Games. We see how sports like archery, soccer, gymnastics and polo had their roots in ancient China, and through beautifully shot reenactments and a sturdy English voiceover, we get a glimpse of what role China played in the several sports we are so familiar with today.

Many of us would be familiar with the martial arts and artistry that was signature of ancient China, but how many of us would know about the sporting activities that people back then took part in? Informative and educational without being boring and bland, this well produced documentary takes us to the imperial courts where these sports were first played thousands of years ago. Interspersed with insightful interviews with experts and academics, the documentary is kept engaging with visually gorgeous reenactments of what it could have been like back then. If bad acting was a problem in the first place, one need not worry about it because the cast chosen to play the warriors and sportsman seem comfortable in their roles and deliver believable performances. Couple that with eye catching cinematography and an energetic music score, viewers would be suitably enlightened and entertained at the same time.

The documentary is also well structured to make sure that viewers can pace along finely. First, you get information on how different sports like archery, soccer, gymnastics and polo had its beginnings in ancient China (Who would have thought the women’s soccer started out as a ball game amongst the emperor’s concubines? Who would have thought that gymnastics was simply a street acrobatic act?), then you are introduced to concepts and theories articulated by the interviewees (Who would have thought that the Chinese translation of 'sports' means educating the body?), before you get a competent conclusion about Beijing hosting the most important event in sporting history, and how everything has come full circle. That is also when you realize that Beijing has done a darn good job for this Olympic Games.


This Code 3 DVD contains an "Extra Scene" describing the how sports in ancient China could get you a wife and an impressive career. In the two odd minutes, we spot Yao Ming on a magazine cover. And wait, we see Liu Xiang too! There is also a "Trailer" included in the disc.


The visual transfer enhances the fine looking cinematography of the documentary, while the film is presented in its original English language soundtrack.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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