LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY – Centerpiece Presentation & Reception
Directed by Frank W. Chen
Q&A to follow with filmmakers
Chien-Ming Wang was a supernova in Taiwan. His success as the ace of the New York Yankees rocketed him to a cult-like status on the island nation. His face was so ubiquitous and his impact so meaningful, that he gained the title of “Pride of Taiwan”—a national honor with which he was never fully comfortable. Wang, a man of quiet, humble disposition, never sought out the attention. All he wanted to do was play.
We find Wang 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 toward 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 the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man—of someone who fell from the top and fights his way back up again.
Post Screening Panelists:
Frank W. Chen, Director/Producer
Brian Yang, Producer
Chien-Ming Wang, Cast
Frank W. Chen is a Taiwanese-Canadian filmmaker, architectural designer, and musician based in New York City. He is the writer/director of the documentary short TORPID MAY—OWN WAY BACK, a film tracing an Asian-American band’s unique route back to Asia. He also served as a production designer on the 2012 major motion picture BAD GIRLS, featuring mega-stars Ella Chen of S.H.E. and Taiwanese actor Mike He. Chen also participated in composing the soundtrack for LATE LIFE: THE CHIEN-MING WANG STORY and wrote three tracks for the film.
Director: Frank W. Chen
Co-Director: Tommy Yu
Producer: Frank W. Chen, Brian Yang, Hai-Tao Wu
Cast: Chien-Ming Wang, Neil Allen, Brian Cashman, Alan Chang, Charlene Wu