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Báng-kah (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 5 February 2010 (Taiwan)
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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Action | Crime | Drama

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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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25 September 2010 | by OneMinuteFilmReviewSee all my reviews

The world of cinema has had a long and fruitful love affair with the underworld. From crudely un-sleek Tony Montana to Kitano's too cool for school gangsters, our fondness for these rebels who live on the outer ring of rules-following society stem from our own yearning to break free of authoritative constraints. In 'Monga', directed by actor/director Doze Niu, a young man named 'Mosquito' falls in with the wrong company and like us, is drawn into a love affair with all things explicitly illegal. Set in the 80's, there's a feeling of gleeful reminiscence when watching this. Violence and back-stabbings occur like bees drawn to honey-pregnant flowers as with all secret societies but it is all done with such a sentimentalized, romanticized gloss that it came across as refreshing as a glass of lemonade on a scorching day. We feel special mention should be given to Ethan Yuan. He plays 'Monk' with such conviction and heartbreaking vulnerability we felt he anchored the whole movie with his presence. Similarly, its impressive cinematography and direction gets a shout-out too.


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