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Cape No. 7 (2008)

Hái-kak chhit-ho (original title)
A unusual group of people in a village on the coast of Taiwan form a band to perform at a beach concert, while the lead singer searches for the intended recipient of 7 lost love letters.

Director:

Te-Sheng Wei

Writers:

Te-Sheng Wei, Te-Sheng Wei (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Fan ... Aga (as Van)
Chie Tanaka ... Tomoko
Min-Hsiung ... Rauma
Wei-min Ying ... Frog (as Wei-Min Ying)
Nien-Hsien Ma ... Malasun
Johnny Chung-Jen Lin ... Old Mao (as Johnny C.J. Lin)
Joanne Yang ... Dada (as Joanne)
Shino Lin ... Mingchu
Ju-Lung Ma ... Aga's Stepfather
Bjanav Zenror Bjanav Zenror ... Olalan - Rauma's Father
Hsiao-Lan Pei Hsiao-Lan Pei ... Aga's Mother
Kuei Chang ... Hotel Manager
Kôsuke Atari Kôsuke Atari ... Teacher / Kousuke Atari
Wen-Yin Liang ... Young Koshima Tomoko
Yi-Hsuan Kuo Yi-Hsuan Kuo ... Dada's double
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Storyline

Aga, a band singer, returns to Hengchun with frustration. Tomoko is a Japanese model assigned to organize a local warm-up band for the Japanese super star beach concert. Together with other five ordinary Hengchun residents who were not expected to be great or anything, they formed an impossible band. Written by Christa cheya@url.com.tw

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

Taiwan | USA

Language:

Mandarin | Min Nan | Japanese | English

Release Date:

22 August 2008 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Cape No. 7 See more »

Filming Locations:

Hengchun, Ping-tung, Taiwan See more »

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Budget:

TWD 45,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

ARS Film Production See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The rice wine "Malasun" depicted in the film is actually a virtual brand in the beginning; but at the time of the film's opening, the production company actually brought this wine into existence through cooperation with Hsin-Yi county farmer's association. See more »

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If you're not Taiwanese you might not like it...
12 February 2009 | by asia_extremeSee all my reviews

This movie really captures the type of local people who live in the Southern parts of Taiwan. The true local people, the type who have never left their hometown and the type who have never adapted with the times. For a Taiwanese person this movie will be hilarious, it truly shows the older generation characters are being the way most of elders are. The actual foul language in Taiwanese dialect can never really be understood unless you realise how bad these words are, and the true meaning of said words and phrases.

Some would say this is a romantic comedy, for me it was more of just a comedy. The romance seemed little and not massively important to the story. For me the story was about a group of people coming together to create a band which no one would've ever thought possible, not the locals and not even the band members themselves. The romance was a side part, it wasn't enough to make you feel sorry for the characters or enough to make you want them to be together.

In Taiwan this is the biggest movie ever, well it certainly seems that way. The Taiwanese rant and rave about it like its the greatest thing since sliced bread, there might be many reasons why... Because it truly captures some of the Taiwanese elders perfectly, or perhaps because Taiwan makes very few movies. And the other only big movies made in Taiwan are of a sexual nature (Tsai Ming-liang).

Overall I did enjoy this movie but I feel without my knowledge of Mandarin language and Taiwanese Dialect, along with my experience of living in Taiwan for a number of years I wouldn't have enjoyed this movie as much. Without a true understanding of the setting there's no way I would've found even half of the jokes amusing.

I think if you know about Taiwanese culture, or if you've visited Taiwan you'll enjoy this movie. But if you don't have such knowledge or experiences you might want to pass this movie by as it won't be enough to entertain you for 2+hours.


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