Dragon Girls (2012)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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Filmmaker Inigo Westmeier focuses her lens on three young students at the Shaolin Tagou martial arts school in Central China's Henan province, where 26,000 youngsters train tirelessly in their attempts to become part of their country's kung-fu elite. For dedicated students such as nine-year-old Xin Chenxi and 15-year-old Chen Xi, the struggle to embrace discipline despite being 1000 kilometres from their families can be an exercise in character building. For others, like 17-year-old Huang Luolan, the rigors of training simply become too much to take.