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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 Ohsawa Takao Ohsawa ... Yôichi Hatta, the engineer
Tender Huang ... Young Doctor - Jing's Husband
Yu-Ning Tsao ... Meishô 'Akira' Go, the pitcher
Chiao Chiao
Hsing-Chen Yeh ... Ching
Bamboo Chu-Sheng Chen ... Farmer
Fion Sun ... Tsai Chao-Chao
Man-Chiao Wang ... So's grandmother
Maki Sakai Maki Sakai ... Mrs. Kondô
Yukihiko Kageyama
Ken Aoki Ken Aoki ... Jôsha Hiromi, soldier / pitcher from Hokkaidô
Judy Hsu ... Eiko Kondo
Pei-Ann Lin
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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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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Japanese | Min Nan

Release Date:

27 February 2014 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Кано See more »

Filming Locations:

Taiwan

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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ARS Film Production See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Some obvious modern clothing (particularly the ball caps) are used throughout. See more »

Soundtracks

Mr. Bird
Music by Suming Rupi
Lyrics by Chih-Hsiang Ma
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Although the CGI is not perfect, after you watch the the movie you will understand why that is not a problem. It is definitely the best picture of the year.
15 March 2014 | by ycws17See all my reviews

Unlike MLB, where baseball has already been commercialized, KANO shows us the true spirit of the game. From the director of "Seediq", KANO takes us back to a time that playing ball was sacred. With a nearly perfect rhythm and strong story, the filmmakers have shown us how the spirit of baseball can turn players from three different races into one strong team. From every setting to the music of the movie, it is not hard to see they had put their hearts in to the film. This is a movie that can bring you tears of joy as well as warm your heart. The intensity of the games can make you cry and cheer. Most importantly, it's a movie that teaches you to never give up and fight to the end, no matter what the outcome is. Although the CGI is not perfect, after you watch the the movie you will understand why that is not a problem. It is definitely the best picture of the year.


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