Director: Wan Chi-man / Jimmy Wan
Despite being born with jaundice, which permanently affected his hearing and his body’s balance, So Wa-wai shows a special talent for running. Encouraged by his hardworking mother, Wa-wai joins a running team for the disabled and ends up making history at the Paralympic Games. In portraying Wa-wai and his family’s long journey to athletic glory, the film also reveals the hurdles faced by professional Hong Kong. Many of them are forced to sacrifice vital training time or abandon their athletic careers altogether to make a living.
Jimmy Wan graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. His short film Double Happiness (2000) won the International Video Award at the Poitiers International Film Schools Festival. He had worked closely with Pang Ho-cheung and co-written films including Isabella (2006) and Love Off the Cuff (2017). He co-directed the short film Devil Nail Clippers (2010) and feature films Lover’s Discourse (2011) and Lacuna (2012) with Derek Tsang. Zero to Hero is his solo directorial feature debut.