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New Film, 9 Man, Follows History of Chinatown Sport

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Akin to the popularity of pickup basketball at places like Rucker Park in New York, there is a sport just as competitive in the alleys and parking lots of Chinatown. The game know as 9 Man has been played since the 1930's but until now the general public has been unaware of the sport.

To help shed some light on this foreign game, Ursula Liang directed a new documentary which premiers this weekend at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Liang's movie, "9 Man" (named after the sport), follows the rich history of this lesser known game. The film also follows some of the architects of the game who helped shape it into what current residents in Chinatowns still play today. 9 Man is compared to the streetball version of volleyball.

The film premieres at Dole Cannery Stadium 18 this Saturday, November 1 at 5:45 p.m. for more information on both the sport and film, visit

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