Chang Can Dunk is a heartwarming movie that follows the journey of Chang, a 16-year-old Asian American high school student who is part of the marching band. Chang makes a bet with the school’s basketball star that he can dunk by Homecoming. To impress his crush, Kristy, and gain respect from his peers, Chang embarks on a quest to find the hops he needs to dunk, standing at a height of just 5-foot-8. However, to achieve his goal, Chang must re-evaluate his understanding of himself, his relationships, and his family. Watch the official trailer below.
Jingyi Shao, the writer, and director of the movie make his debut with this inspiring sports comedy that presents a coming-of-age story. The movie features a talented cast of actors, including Bloom Li, Dexter Darden, Ben Wang, Zoe Renee, Chase Liefeld, and Mardy Ma.
According to Shao, Chang Can Dunk is a tribute to basketball, highlighting how the sport helped him understand the Asian American/immigrant experience, family, and friendship. The film is a story of taking responsibility, even when the odds are against you. It’s also about breaking through the barriers that are set by yourself and others and believing in yourself.
The film’s producers Rishi Rajani, Lena Waithe, and Brad Weston, along with executive producer Pamela Thur, expressed their immense pride in the movie. They believe that audiences will relate to the movie’s pursuit of dreams, the desire to be seen, and the lessons learned along the way. They describe the film as empowering, inspiring, and full of humor and heart.