LENGTH: 87 MIN
Directed by Chinese American filmmaker Ursula Liang, “9-Man,” delves into an isolated Chinese-American sport that’s an ongoing piece of history of Asian America.
Since the 1930’s, young men have played the gritty, street ball game, known as 9-Man, in the alleys and parking lots of Chinatown. Today, some 80 years later, the sport is a lasting connection to Chinatown for a community of men who know a different, more integrated America. The film explores the history of the game and includes a diverse cast of modern-day characters – from 6’7″ Olympian Kevin Wong to a 93-year-old pioneer – combining vérité footage and interviews with never before seen archival footage and photos sourced directly from the community.
CAST & DIRECTORS
DIRECTOR: Ursula Liang
SCREENWRITER: Ursula Liang
PRODUCER: Ursula Liang
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Melanie Riley-Green
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Director/Cinematographer/Producer of 9-Man, Ursula Liang:
Ursula Liang is a journalist who has told stories in a wide range of media. She has worked for The New York Times Op-Docs, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI, StirTV, the Jax Show, Hyphen magazine and currently freelances as a film and television producer (“Tough Love,” “Wo Ai Ni Mommy,” “UFC Countdown,” “UFC Primetime”) and story consultant. Liang also works for the film publicity company, the 2050 Group, is a founding member of the Filipino American Museum, and sits on the advisory board of the Dynasty Project. Liang grew up in Newton, Mass. and lives in the Bronx, New York. “9-Man” is her debut as a director.