Not the accident that took his legs, the father that punished him for being different, the best friend who carried the guilt of that day or the girl friend who surrendered her life to his dream. Inch by inch, Rick Hansen pushed himself up the Great Wall in a desperate search to find meaning in an odyssey that changed everybody it touched.”
Over twenty years ago, Michael French flew with a film crew from Vancouver, British Columbia to Beijing and documented something quite extraordinary, a young man in a wheelchair accompanied by a few of his closest friends who, half-way through their around the Man in Motion World Tour, entered Beijing with over 1 million Chinese heralding his arrival as a hero. Why this man and why in China?
In that moment, "Heart of a Dragon" was born. And since then, French set off on his own personal journey to make a feature film about hope and dreams that captivated him and a million Chinese over two decades ago - a story of a man, Everyman, who, in a test of his own self endurance, discovers the true meaning of love, loyalty, friendship, the strength of the human spirit.