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Film Review: ‘Kano’

4 March 2014 5:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A lengthy but big-hearted sports saga set in 1931, “Kano” traces how a ragtag baseball team made up of farm boys from southern Taiwan made it to the finals at Koshien, Japan’s national high-school baseball championship. Co-penned and produced by hitmaker Wei Te-sheng and directed by tyro helmer Umin Boya, this $10 million production reps a landmark feat in the way it revisits Taiwan’s long-suppressed colonial past with great authenticity and resplendent style, yielding a diffuse but nuanced drama anchored by Masatoshi Nagase’s masterful performance as the inspiring coach. Still, viewers will have to really love baseball to stay focused on the games, which take up the lion’s share of the three-hour running time. Pic has earned a terrific $2.2 million domestically in just four days, but overseas biz will be hit-or-miss.

Scripted by Wei and Ruby Chen, the fact-based film is set in the county of Chia-yi, »

- Maggie Lee

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‘Kano’ Continues Taiwan Films’ Home Run Streak

3 March 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Big-budget, baseball-themed, period drama “Kano” took Us$2.1 million in its opening weekend at the Taiwan box office.

The figures appear to underline the continued success of taking trips down a certain kind of Taiwanese memory lane, and they keep alive the current success of commercial film-making in the island territory.

Released on Feb. 27 through VieVision Pictures the film claimed Nt$22 million (Us$725,000) in Taipei and Nt$65m million (Us$2.14 million) throughout Taiwan.

Based on real events in the 1930s, the film tells a story of how a Taiwanese, multi-ethnic baseball team took on and beat champions from Japan, which was then occupying Taiwan as a colonial power.

The film was made by several of the creative team behind “Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale,” including “Seediq Bale” star Umin Boya, who directed “Kano,” screenwriter Wei Te-sheng, his production company Ars Film Production and Wei and Jimmy Huang as producers. »

- Patrick Frater

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