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'Kano' cast, crew visit Japanese stadium at center of story
Central News Agency
2014-03-06 11:04 PM
Osaka, March 6 (CNA) The cast and crew of Taiwanese baseball drama "Kano" were all smiles Thursday as they stopped by Hanshin Koshien Stadium near Osaka during their trip to promote their film in Japan. Invoking a scene from the film, eight actors who played members of the movie's eponymous Kano baseball team shouted "Koshien, Koshien" inside the stadium. The actors are all real-life baseball players with at least five years of baseball training. Taiwanese director Umin Boya, also known by his Chinese name Ma Chih-hsiang, said he had visited the stadium before to research it prior to making "Kano," the story of a Taiwanese baseball team that came to Japan in 1931 to compete in the Koshien tournament. Later at the stadium's museum, he and co-producer Wei Te-sheng signed their names on baseballs that will be exhibited there. The stadium in Hyogo Prefecture was built to host Japan's national high school baseball tournaments, commonly called Koshien. Later in the day, the cast and crew attended a "Taiwan Tourism Night" event in Osaka hosted by Taiwan's Tourism Bureau and attended by Japanese travel agencies and airlines. On Friday, they are set to attend the opening of the Osaka Asian Film Festival, where the film will hold its international premiere. Japanese actor Masatoshi Nagase, who plays the strict Japanese coach Hyotaro Kondo in the film, and Japanese actress Maki Sakai, who plays his wife, will also attend the festival's opening. Set in 1931 when Taiwan was a Japanese colony, "Kano" tells the story of an underdog baseball team from the Kagi (Chiayi) Agriculture and Forestry Public School in southern Taiwan, called "Kano" in Japanese. It chronicles the rigorous training the players underwent as they prepared to travel to Japan for the Koshien, Japan's most prestigious high school baseball tourney at the time, and their incredible run in the tournament against all odds. (By Yang Ming-chu, Hsu Hui and Christie Chen)
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