A charming short by Los Angeles-based writer-director Johnson Cheng. “Iron Hands” tells the story of a 12-year-old girl who makes an unlikely connection with a reclusive groundskeeper at the gym where she’s trying out for the traditionally all-boys Chinese youth weightlifting team. Filmed on location in Beijing, the project was part of Cheng’s graduate degree in film at Columbia University School of the Arts. Watch above and see full credits below!


Zixuan Liu
Xing Lian
Tao Wei

Written & Directed by Johnson Cheng
Produced by Tianqi Zhuo
Executive Producer: Felicity Wang
Co-Producer: Xixi Wang
Director of Photography: Shipei Wen
Film Editor: Johnson Cheng
Production Designer: Mengna Jiang
Original Score by Zeke Khaseli, Yudhi Arfani

Weightlifter Boys: Jianbin Huang, Dunhua Kang
Jiaming Wang, Aonan Wu, Zhaoshun Xie

First Assistant Director: Tianqi Zhuo
Casting Director: Ming Yi
Associate Producer: Yachi Yang
Sound Recordists: Jingxi Guo, Shanying Wang
Gaffers: Tiange Bei, Hao Wei
1st Assistant Camera: Dongsheng Zhang
2nd Assistant Camera: Zhenjie Yan
Colorists: Markus Englmair, Mikki Crisostomo
Sound Editor/Re-recording Mixer: William Hsieh
Graphic Designers: Maggie Briggs, James Lien
Title Design by Yudho Aditya
Production Assistant: Chenxi Li
Driver: Zhujun Sun


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