When a sick, elderly man zealously takes up martial arts, his marriage is put to the test in this surprising drama of love challenged and renewed.

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PBS Plus Presentation
Premiere Date
February 1, 2003
60 minutes

Jeffrey C. Wray

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The Film

For Evelyn and Rudolph Jackson, life is about counting the days to retirement and plodding ahead after 40 years of married life. Then Rudolph becomes obsessed with martial arts, transforming their static lives as he throws his aging body into this new, unlikely passion. Based on a short story by National Book Award-winner Charles Johnson, China is a funny, surprising drama of love challenged and renewed.