Taiwanese gymnastics gold medalist to be featured in new documentary

Taipei-A new documentary that is scheduled to be released in October will tell the story of Lee Chih-kai, a 21-year-old Taiwanese gymnast who won gold in the men's pommel horse event at the 2017 Taipei Universiade on Wednesday.

The documentary "Jump Man!" follows Lee's development in the sport over the past 15 years, from boyhood to adulthood, from a street performer to a Universiade gold medalist, according to the director Lin Yu-hsien.

It shows Lee as a six-year-old performing gymnastics in a market located in Yilan to attract customers to his mother's vegetable stall, where he earns the nickname Ah-kai, Lin said.

Lee goes on to become a national athlete, representing his country at the 2016 Rio Olympics and now earning a gold medal at the 2017 world university games, the director said.

"Over the past 15 years, Chih-kai has devoted unimaginably painstaking efforts to the sport, which has paid off," Lin said. "We are proud of him."

All of Lee's performances in the ongoing Universiade are being filmed for inclusion in the documentary, according to the director.

The message of the new documentary, which will be released in Taiwan on Oct. 27, is "never give up," Lin said.

It is a sequel to the popular "Jump! Boys," which features a gymnastics team of seven boys, in including Lee, and their coach Lin Yu-hsin, who is the brother of the film's director. "Jump! Boys," released in 2005, became a box-office hit and stayed in cinemas for three months.

When Lee qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics, he became the first Taiwanese gymnast in 16 years to make it to the Olympics. However, a month before the Games, he suffered a foot injury that forced him to pull out of the men's all-around competition.

He competed in the pommel horse event in Rio, but did not make it to the finals.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council