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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
Takao Ohsawa ... Yôichi Hatta, the engineer
Masatoshi Nagase ... Coach Hyotaro Kondo
Tenma Shibuya ... Representitve of ctizen
Tender Huang ... Young Doctor - Jing's Husband
Hsing-Chen Yeh ... Ching
Yu-Ning Tsao ... Meishô 'Akira' Go, the pitcher
Bamboo Chu-Sheng Chen ... Farmer
Man-Chiao Wang ... So's grandmother
Ken Aoki Ken Aoki ... Jôsha Hiromi, soldier / pitcher from Hokkaidô
Yukihiko Kageyama
Fion Sun ... Tsai Chao-Chao
Yuma Okura Yuma Okura
Maki Sakai Maki Sakai ... Mrs. Kondô
Rose Yu Rose Yu ... Kondo Kazuko (as Ciao-Ciao)
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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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Plot Keywords:

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


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Deep and funny movie based on historical events
27 March 2018 | by chloe-68358See all my reviews

This movie seems to be about baseball but it is also about sports ethics, passion, dream, determination, friendship, and perhaps most importantly, overcoming racial barrier. Do not forget that this movie is made by a formal colony about its colonial period. Most of the lines were written in Japanese, but they included as many kinds of languages in Taiwan as possible. They found actors that have the same ethnicity as the roles they're playing. The lines are great, showing the spirit of the culture. It is a crude simplification to suggest that this is a nationalistic film. It's as if to say Black Panther is pan-black or whatever and ignore its significance in the history of cinema. This film is different things to different people. It uses a true historical event to speaks about the challenges of individuals, just in life in general, as a Japanese descent growing up in a colony, as the colonised or even an indigenous person in the colonial period, as a man who lost his dream but inspired by young people etc. So much more. If only the studio had more money, it would be able to have nice cgi as the American films and publicise around the world. Its message serves more than entertainment and speaks strong in the future as the former colonies are coming closer together with the former colonisers.


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