Up 4,839 this week

Monga (2010)
"Báng-kah" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  5 February 2010 (Taiwan)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 1,357 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 24 critic

Set in 1980s Taiwan, after the end of military dictatorship, Monga centers around the troubled lives of five boys coming of age together. The narrator of the story, Mosquito, is invited to ... See full summary »



0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 21 May 2012
a list of 71 titles
created 24 Aug 2012
list image
a list of 39 titles
created 20 Oct 2012
a list of 28 titles
created 12 Dec 2012
a list of 734 titles
created 21 Apr 2013

Related Items

Search for "Báng-kah" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Monga (2010)

Monga (2010) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Monga.
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Love I (2012)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Eight people try to end their loneliness by searching for that one person to love, who can make their life complete.

Director: Doze Niu
Stars: Qi Shu, Mark Chao, Wei Zhao
A Simple Life (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.

Director: Ann Hui
Stars: Andy Lau, Deannie Yip, Hailu Qin
Confessions (2010)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.

Director: Tetsuya Nakashima
Stars: Takako Matsu, Yoshino Kimura, Masaki Okada
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An indigenous clan-based people living in harmony with nature find their way of life threatened when violent interlopers from another culture arrive, intent on seizing their natural resources and enslaving them.

Director: Te-Sheng Wei
Stars: Masanobu Andô, Jun'ichi Haruta, Sabu Kawahara
So Young (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A college freshman encounters new friends, romance, and adventure upon her arrival at campus.

Director: Wei Zhao
Stars: Mark Chao, Geng Han, Zishan Yang
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor.

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Babel (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Stars: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Gael García Bernal
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Peter Chan
Stars: Xiaoming Huang, Dawei Tong, Deng Chao
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A down and out man and his daughter live in an illegal hovel. The two live a happy peaceful life until the authorities intervene when the child reaches school age.

Director: Leon Dai
Stars: Yo Hsuan Chao, Akira Chen, Chih-Ju Lin
No Man's Land (2013)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A young lawyer from the city travels to the Gobi desert where he embarks on a series of adventures and challenges.

Director: Hao Ning
Stars: Zheng Xu, Duobujie, Nan Yu


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Juan ...
Monk / Ho Tien-Yo
Mosquito / Chou Yi-Mong
Ju-Lung Ma ...
Boss Geta
Chia-yen Ko ...
Rhydian Vaughan ...
Dragon Lee
Jason Wang ...
Chang-Hsien Tsai ...
Teng-Hui Huang ...
Han Dian Chen ...
Dog Boy (as Han-Tien Chen)
Feng Hsing ...
Boss Masa
Hsiu-Ling Lin ...
Mosquito's Mother
Man Ning Xi ...
Dragon's Mother
Yi-Ching Lu ...
Auntie Po
Grey Wolf
Hou Chieh ...
Monk's Father


Set in 1980s Taiwan, after the end of military dictatorship, Monga centers around the troubled lives of five boys coming of age together. The narrator of the story, Mosquito, is invited to be a part of the gang after a silly fight over a chicken leg. Mosquito has grown up without a father and has never had any real friends, so after Monk, Dragon and the others take him under their wing, he discovers an irresistible world of friendship and brotherhood. However, Mosquito soon discovers that in this violent world things aren't always what they seem. When a group of mainlanders attempt to take over Monga, the fragile balance over the district's turf is threatened, friendship is tested, and loyalty is questioned. Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




See all certifications »


Official Sites:

| |  »




Release Date:

5 February 2010 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Báng-kah  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Promising but not Compelling
25 July 2010 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

RELEASED in February 2010, the epic-styled "Monga" became a runaway hit in Taiwan, grossing US$1.6 million in its first week. Its success in Taiwan should be obvious. Besides the historical interest in its locale (the Wanhua district of Taipei), there is the attraction of its young and hot cast of TV stars like Ethan Juan, Mark Chao and the Tom Cruise lookalike, Rhydian Vaughan.

Needless to say, Monga's success gives fresh hope to starting a 'new wave' in Taiwan's film industry. Elsewhere, however, it has to compete with the more vibrant and better-made Hong Kong gangster efforts - and the differences and weaknesses may be glaring.

Set in the 80s, high school student Mosquito (Mark Chao) explains at the start that he became a gangster because of a chicken leg. The chicken leg was his lunch and when a bully snatched it away from him, the so-called Prince Gang, led by Dragon Lee (Vaughan) intervenes - and recruits him into the 'brotherhood of five' - with Monk (Ethan Juan), Monkey and A-Po. The boys get along reasonably well with their elders, the Temple Front triad led by Dragon's dad, Geta (Ma Ju-lung).

The gang's youthful skirmishes and street fights soon develop into a more sinister conflict when mainland gangsters like Gray Wolf (played by director Doze Nui himself) try to muscle into Monga with guns - considered cowardly weapons by the locals. With a power struggle in the cards, conspiracies and betrayal follow. Will friendship triumph over greed and power? The coming-of-age story may seem clichéd but it has enough twists and turns to sustain our interest. Director Niu has developed Mosquito's character (as a fatherless kid brought up by his hair-salon owner mother) well enough to get our sympathy even though some of the subplots may be rather incredible. A case in point is his platonic relationship with a young prostitute (Ko Chia-yen) that seems a bit badly contrived. Also, the camera work on the Monga locations looks good (at least to non-Taipeh residents) and the lapses into Hokkein dialect lend a touch of reality to the film (although it can be irritating to some).

What I dislike most about the movie is the slow and draggy narrative - with repetitious bonding scenes taking nearly two-and-a-half hours to unfold a story that should be familiar to fans of gang flicks about brotherhood and betrayal. Indeed, compared to Western and HK films, the action here is mighty tame. Acting-wise, Chao and Vaughan appear rather wooden but Juan provides a powerful account of himself. Niu is also convincing as the mysterious old flame of Mosquito's mother and newcomer to the district.

Verdict: Promising but not compelling. - LIM CHANG MOH (

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Monga (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: