Chao Gan

graduated as a Bachelor of Arts from Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Fudan University, Shanghai, China. In 2002 he received degree of Master of Arts in Television Studies at Drama Department of Bristol University, UK. In 2004 he started to work as director and editor at Documentary Channel, Shanghai Media Group.


«Time Difference», 2001; «More, or One», 2002; «Come and Dance Burka», 2003; «Last House Standing», 2004; «Nobody's Child», 2007; «The Red Race», 2008.

The Red Race (0+)

China, Germany, 2008, 70 min.
Director: Chao Gan
This is a road without end, no retreat. These children endlessly jump, roll and stand on ends upon the red path with only ceaseless criticism and the burden to succeed as their company. They come from poor families with their destitute parents expecting only one thing from them, to become famous one day in the gymnastic field.
The children at the Shanghai Luwan gymnastic team are stronger and more mature than kids their age. They shoulder physical pain and inner isolation under the condition of ceaseless expectations. Through all this they also attempt to find glory and happiness...
How a group of 6-year-old gymnastics children build their personalities under the Chinese sport and education system. How they endure hard training and ferocious competition with the Olympic dreams.

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