'Kano' grosses over NT$14 million on opening day in Taiwan
Central News Agency
2014-02-28 09:50 PM
Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) The Taiwanese baseball film "Kano" grossed more than NT$14 million at the box office on its first day in theaters across Taiwan on Thursday, a result that satisfied its producer. Wei Te-sheng, who co-produced and co-wrote the screenplay, said Friday that he felt relieved after being informed of the film's initial box office results. "I can finally relax," said Wei, who directed the Taiwanese epic, "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale," released in 2011. Over 5,000 people, including Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu and the director of the three-hour film, Ma Chih-hsiang, showed up at the film's official premiere at Lide Baseball Stadium in Kaohsiung Thursday evening. Named after the Japanese-language abbreviation for the Chiayi Agriculture and Forestry Public School and set in 1931, when Taiwan was still a Japanese colony, the film depicts the exploits of the school's baseball team, which was made up of Japanese players and Taiwanese athletes of both Han Chinese and indigenous descent. The film chronicles the players' rigorous training in Taiwan and how they overcome long odds to reach the championship game of the Koshien tournament, Japan's most prestigious high school baseball tourney at the time. Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase plays the role of Hyotaro Kondo, the strict disciplinarian who coached the school's baseball team. Nagase just concluded an eight-day visit to Taiwan to promote the film, in which the dialogue is predominantly Japanese. He flew back to Japan on Friday. The film will be shown at Japan's Osaka Asian Film Festival, which runs from March 7-16. All of the 2,000 available tickets for screenings of the film were snapped up shortly after going on sale. (By Sabine Cheng and Elizabeth Hsu)
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