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Báng-kah (2010)

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 »

Director:

Doze Niu

Writer:

Li-ting Tseng (screenplay)
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Cast

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

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Min Nan | Mandarin

Release Date:

5 February 2010 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The movie is alright but not as good as it claims ( time and budget-wise).
12 May 2016 | by donald_500See all my reviews

There is nothing wrong with the story board…a young man got bullied in school and eventually join the gang to protect himself. And then it's the story of his gangster life, brother hood, betrayal, woman… The director try to put the message into the movie through the story, however I don't feel the message comes solid and the it ends up just become a slogan with no meaning. Another thing I don't feel comfortable with the movie is…the costume. To me, the people are more like 60's to 70's dressed. You know… the bell bottom, the skinny shirt, the flower print…. This is nothing reminds me the 80's! Well I ain't no Taiwanese and I don't know the fashion sense in Taiwan in 80's. Maybe was like this there. In conclusion, the story goes smooth but somehow the core message is missing (very weak) and the costume which really confuse you the era takes place.


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