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Hái-kak chhit-ho (2008)

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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Aga (as Van)
... Tomoko
... Rauma
... Frog (as Wei-Min Ying)
... Malasun
... Old Mao (as Johnny C.J. Lin)
... Dada (as Joanne)
... Mingchu
... Aga's Stepfather
Bjanav Zenror ... Olalan - Rauma's Father
Hsiao-Lan Pei ... Aga's Mother
... Hotel Manager
Kôsuke Atari ... Teacher / Kousuke Atari
... Young Koshima Tomoko
Yi-Hsuan Kuo ... Dada's double
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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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22 August 2008 (Taiwan)  »

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Cape No. 7  »

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TWD 45,000,000 (estimated)
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Aga's motorcycle engine emits visible white smoke in the film. Albeit a genuine depiction of older bikes in the country, the registered vehicle was four years overdue in its scheduled emissions testing. See more »

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Humorous, feel-good film full of spirited music and fun
25 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

Wow! I just finished seeing this with a group of friends and everybody in the cinema seemed to truly enjoy themselves.

Filmed in Taiwan with a Taiwanese director and mostly local actors, this timeless plot features a small town that must come up with a band comprised of local musicians that will be the opening act for a big beach concert starring a big Japanese star. Will the beautiful Japanese concert coordinator fall for the local boy that has left a musical career in Taipei to return home to become a mailman? Can a band with a 10-year-old keyboardist, a 70-year-old bassist, and various other misfits help put Hengchun on the map?

This may strike some as a Taiwanese version of "The Commitments"/"School of Rock" and, yes, there are a few saccharine moments. Yet, director Wei Te-sheng, a former assistant director under the legendary Edward Yang (director of one of Taiwan's all-time best films, "Yi Yi," IMHO), skillfully pulls everything off without a hitch. Recommended to movie lovers of all ages!


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