‘Ironhead’ is about a young football team which is gaining attention in China: the Shaolin Kung Fu Football Team. Their method of playing football combines the traditional ball sport with elements of the ancient Chinese martial art. While playing, they apply techniques like the Shaolin Iron Head or the Shaolin Tornado footwork, but they also adhere to the official FIFA rules of the game.
Shi Yanlu is a Shaolin Kung Fu master and the founder of Kung Fu football. He believes that this new training method could help lead China’s up-and-coming players to international recognition. A huge Kung Fu football school for 10,000 students is being built, funded with 200 million euros by a major Chinese company. What are the hopes and dreams of these young students?
Is Kung Fu football really as promising as it seems?
Films W/O World Sales
Country: China, Germany
Premiere status (in January 2018)
: International Premiere