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Baseball film 'Kano' to be promoted at New Year events
Central News Agency
2013-12-25 11:44 PM
Taipei, Dec. 25 (CNA) With the support of mayors and county heads, previews for the upcoming Taiwanese baseball film "Kano" will be a staple of New Year celebrations around Taiwan next week. The 2.5-minute trailer for the film will be screened at 21 countdown parties, concerts and other events held in 20 cities and counties, announced "Kano" director Ma Chih-hsiang, who goes by his aboriginal name Umin Boya, and co-producer Jimmy Huang on Wednesday. Set when Taiwan was a Japanese colony in 1931, "Kano" -- the Japanese-language abbreviation for Chiayi (then pronounced "Kagi") Agriculture and Forestry Public School -- tells the true underdog story of the school's baseball team that traveled to Japan that summer to play in the Koshien tournament, a renowned high school baseball tournament. The film portrays the rigorous training undertaken by the team, which was composed of Japanese players and Taiwanese athletes of both Han Chinese and indigenous origins, and how they advanced against the odds to the finals of the tournament. The director said he hopes the film will help bring back memories of the "glorious era" of Taiwanese baseball. In addition to the trailer, the movie's theme song will be unveiled for the first time at a countdown party in southern Taiwan's Tainan. The EasyCard Corporation will also distribute 10,000 "Kano" flags at the Taipei Civic Square on Dec. 31. (By Hsu Hui and Christie Chen)
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