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9-MAN uncovers an isolated and unique streetball tournament played by Chinese Americans in the heart of Chinatowns across the USA and Canada. Largely undiscovered by the mainstream, the game is a gritty, athletic, chaotic urban treasure traditionally played in parking lots and back alleys and it is fiercely protected by a community of men who who require that 2/3 of players are “100% Chinese.” A 9-Man tournament grew in the 1930’s, at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws forced restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves. Today it’s a lasting connection to Chinatown for a dynamic community of men who know a different, more integrated world, but still fight to maintain autonomy and tradition.

This film played at the 2014 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    89 minutes
  • Language
    English, Chinese
  • Director
    Ursula Liang
  • Producer
    Ursula Liang
  • Executive Producer
    Melanie Riley-Green
  • Co-Producer
    Theresa Navarro
  • Cinematographer
    Ursula Liang
  • Editor
    Michelle Chang
  • Composer
    Scott "Chops" Jung, Adam Rubenstein