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The first and only Taiwanese player for the New York Yankees, Chien-Ming Wang held many titles: American League Wins Leader, World Series Champion, Olympian, Time 100 Most Influential, and The Pride of Taiwan. He had it all - until a 2008 injury forever altered the course of his career. LATE LIFE: The Chien-Ming Wang Story - named after the late sinking action on his signature pitch - follows the rise and fall of the international icon as he fights his way back into the Major Leagues through endless rehab programs and lengthy stints away from home, carrying the weight of the world on his battered shoulder. A poignant and intimate account of Wang's steadfast quest, LATE LIFE tells the story of a man who is unwilling to give up and unable to let go.
A touching piece for anybody who are pursuing their dreams far away from home
This documentary is about Chien-Ming Wang, the former ace of the NY Yankees. No this is not about his most glorious years when he won 19 games in each of the two consecutive years. This is about his struggle after an injury.
For any sports fans, the story line is way too familiar. What made this movie special is that it not only told a story where a baseball player tries to make his dream come true again, it also told a story where a foreigner (Chien-Ming Want is born and raised in Taiwan) who wanted to have a career in the US had to overcome all the different challenges. This is a touching story because not only the sports fans, everybody who moved to the US to pursue their dreams or careers would relate to.
Chien-Ming Wang is an introvert. He has this quiet demeanor. He was criticized for not being aggressive enough. Not outspoken enough. Not bold enough. And yet his decision to stay in baseball after a potential career-ending injury was bold and aggressive and against-all-odds. When he pitched he was so focused and intense. The director did a great job catching both the quiet guy and the laser focused pitcher. The whole film feels real. It is inspiring.
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