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Kano (2014)

A Taiwanese high school baseball team travels to Japan in 1931 to compete in a national tournament.

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Chih-Hsiang Ma (as Umin Boya)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Togo Igawa ... Coach Satô
Masatoshi Nagase ... Coach Hyotaro Kondo
Takao Osawa ... Yôichi Hatta, the engineer
Tenma Shibuya ... Representitve of ctizen
Yu-Ning Tsao ... Meishô 'Akira' Go, the pitcher
Ken Aoki Ken Aoki ... Jôsha Hiromi, soldier / pitcher from Hokkaidô
Tender Huang ... Young Doctor - Jing's Husband
Hsing-Chen Yeh ... Ching
Bamboo Chu-Sheng Chen ... Farmer
Yukihiko Kageyama
Maki Sakai Maki Sakai ... Mrs. Kondô
Judy Hsu ... Eiko Kondo
Rose Yu Rose Yu ... Kondo Kazuko (as Ciao-Ciao)
Pei-Ann Lin
Sam Chang Sam Chang ... Farmer
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Storyline

Under Japanese rule, an underdog high school baseball team from southern Taiwan defeats the heretofore superior northern teams and wins a rare opportunity to represent the colony in the 1931 empire-wide tournament. Comprised of Taiwanese, Taiwanese aboriginals and Japanese players, "Kanô," the Kagi Nourin School team, must integrate the ethnically mixed roster and make the best of its unique strengths to not just survive but thrive in the elite league. Written by Fuenping

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baseball | taiwan | colonialism | See All (3) »


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Trivia

Won, Audience Award, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2014. See more »

Goofs

The Kano players exited the stadium was mobbed by a group of reporters after their big win in completely clean uniforms. This is impossible since the players played hard and got dirty throughout the game. See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Bird
Music by Suming Rupi
Lyrics by Chih-Hsiang Ma
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If you give your 100%, the rest of the team will do the same.
24 March 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

I have seen many historical-biopics from Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, but I don't know much of Taiwan history. In fact everything I learnt about the world was mostly through watching movies like this. It was not about war or the freedom fighters, but based on the real story of an under-performed multi-racial baseball team that hit a headline in the 1931 after qualifying to play in a championship.

Baseball is not a widely popular in the world like football or cricket, except in a few countries. I have seen many baseball movies, but I never understood the game clearly. That never stopped me enjoying the inspiration, the player's passion towards the game and the entertainment it offered. This is not the best baseball movie I have ever seen, but definitely one of the best among them. I never heard this movie before, but once came to know, I was desperate to give it a try.

Sets in when Taiwan was still under the Japanese colonial rule. A high school baseball team called Kano had never won a single game before receives a new strict disciplined coach from Japan. The team's fortune is about to change when the coach Kondo boosts his player's confidence by his method of training. With the initial struggle, they get to taste their first victory. Later the team head to Japan to represent the island in a big tournament. That brings to an end to the narration by revealing their underdog tag to winning the hearts of the fans in an unknown territory with their great consistence performances.

"Don't think about winning. Think about not losing. Then you will have all the strength you need."

An inspiring movie, about the self-confidence and hard work. But I had my disappointments as well with its exaggerated screen presentation. In the many parts, the sentimental cinematic overdose without the realistic appeal made me consider it is nothing less than a commercial film. You know, making the tight fist, teeth biting, sharp look, those things give the audience unnecessary goosebumps. Maybe if you're a native, it might give a patriotic uplift. Other than that I loved the background score, very pleasing camera work and the countryside location, good performances by all, very decent direction and overall a satisfying movie,.

Historical subject means, there should always be some amount of graphics to recreate the past eras and this film had a weakness in that field, but those parts were totally ignorable which mostly comes in the backgrounds. I think 180 minutes is a too long for these days films. That's an achievement for you if you succeed watching without losing your focus. We can comfortably sit for that long for a commercial movie, because commercial films means entertainment, but this one was depicting the real story and for a sports movie it does not look good. I am saying that because of the third act and the ending.

Knowing the history through a movie is good, better than learning in the school, but when it tumbles to meet the viewer's expectation, surely trouble arises. Because all the people are not the same to accept whatever the movie delivers, simultaneously being practical to original events is very essential. If it avoided those cinematic gimmicks, I would have considered it an unexpected masterpiece. I love this movie for being just a movie and historical account, but I expected more honest with the screen presentation. An a movie fanatic, I definitely recommend it, but personally, I let you decide yourself. Because the way it ends, most people easily get upset for spending 3 hours.

7/10


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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Japanese | Min Nan

Release Date:

27 February 2014 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

KANO See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,890,062
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ARS Film Production See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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