Chinese biographical sports film "Leap" to open in limited theatrical release in U.S.


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  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese biographical sports film "Leap" will hit the big screen in limited theatrical release in the United States on Friday.

The film will be presented in Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles in over 80 selected theaters in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Irvine and a few other major cities across the United States.

Directed by Peter Chan and starring Gong Li as legendary volleyball coach Lang Ping, the film shines a spotlight on the Chinese women's national volleyball team, one of the leading and most successful squads in women's international volleyball, depicting their endeavors over generations to win glory for the country.

Known as the "Iron Hammer" for her powerful spikes in volleyball community when she was a player, Lang Ping is the current head coach of China women's national volleyball team. She is the first person in volleyball to win Olympic gold medal both as a player (1984) and as a coach (2016).

Lang Ping was the former head coach of the U.S. women's national volleyball team between 2005-2008. She led U.S. team to Olympic silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

"Leap" will also be released in China on Friday.

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