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9-MAN is a feature documentary about an isolated and exceptionally athletic Chinese-American sport that's much more than a pastime.
9-MAN is a feature documentary about an isolated and exceptionally athletic Chinese-American sport that's much more than a pastime.
636 backers pledged $40,591 to help bring this project to life.

Lhen Nïn Fai Lòk!

Happy Year of the Snake from the "9-Man" Documentary Team! Nine-man players across North America celebrated the Lunar New Year with lion dances and hot pot and little red envelopes this weekend and we wanted to pass the blessings of community and prosperity on to you. With your support, the Year of the Dragon was a great one and the Year of the Snake promises even more.

We closed out the Gregorian calendar with this successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign that raised awareness of 9-Man with a nice smattering of media coverage and project of the day/staff pick honors. We've added a few great new members to our team--Gregory, Jared, Joe, Vicky, Shirley and Anderson. And have hired John Fan (Reebok, Gatorade, Toyota, Lexus, AT&T) as our creative director. This March we are planning a 9-Man panel with the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, as well as an event for our VIP supporters. Please stay tuned!

I'm very pleased to announce that "9-Man" now has an executive producer. Melanie Riley-Green is a long-time supporter of the nine-man community and we're very excited to have her on board!

As always, we appreciate your support. Please keep spreading the word about "9-Man" by sharing our sample video. We are happy to honor the rewards from our Kickstarter campaign for new donors who can contribute anytime at We also have Limited Edition NYMini T-shirts available (see snake) for $25, shipping included. Email to request your size (larger sizes are going fast!).

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!!

-Ursula and the "9-Man" documentary team

PS If you made a contribution to "9-Man" and are eligible for matching donations from your employer, please remember to file your request with your company. Essential tax information about "9-Man" can be found in Update #10. Thanks for doubling your impact!

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    1. Creator Ursula Liang on September 23, 2013

      Hello Lynn and all of our wonderful Kickstarter backers. Unfortunately on the digital copy pledge level, there was a mistake in the estimated delivery date that we were unable to correct due to Kickstarter's 'no edit' policy after a level has received a pledge. The digital copy of the film as well as the DVD copy of the film will not be available until after the "9-Man" documentary festival run is over. Currently we are in post-production and getting ready to apply to festivals, with the hope of an early 2014 premiere. Thanks for your patience!

    2. Creator Lynn Iwamoto on September 23, 2013

      Can you update us about the status of items such as the digital copy of "The 9-MAN Guide to Chinatown" and the other products promised on the various levels of support? I know you sent e-mails with updates, but I have not received any in the last few months. Any update will be appreciated. Thank you.