Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story
WORLD PREMIERE at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
May 9, 2018 6:30pm
Regal L.A. Live – Theater 12
USA / TAIWAN｜2018｜DOCUMENTARY｜99 min
Frank W Chen
Frank W Chen / Hai-Tao Wu / Brian Yang
WYC Motions/ EBOS International Co., Ltd./ Activator Marketing Company Co., Ltd.
Chien-Ming Wang was a supernova in Taiwan. His success as the Ace of the New York Yankees rocketed him into a cult-like status on the island nation. His face was so ubiquitous and his impact so meaningful, that he was donned the title of “Pride of Taiwan” – a national honor he was never fully comfortable with. Wang, a man of quiet, humble disposition, never sought out the attention. All he wanted to do was play.
We find Chien-Ming now at age 35, bouncing around the Independent and Minor Leagues, a fallen icon. The film delves into his comeback attempts, his life between endless rehab programs, his lengthy and often lonely stints away from home and family, and the inner struggles and weight he carries on his injured shoulders. We follow him as he works towards a singular goal: to fight his way back into the Major Leagues.
How much dedication and persistence does it take to realize a dream? How much courage does it take to make it back to the mound? Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story tracks an extraordinary journey of an ordinary man, of someone who fell from the top and is willing to fight his way back up again.