Okay, I don’t usually write a lot on tumblr, Heaven knows how many people actually read this, but this is something that means a lot to me, and I hope some people actually read this.
It’s about a movie in Taiwan. It’s about “Kano”.
Remember that time we got all excited and emotional over “Money Ball”? Well, imagine that in high school, with a bunch of hot blooded (cute) boys, and an occasion that comes only once in a lifetime. That’s “Kano”.
To be honest, I’ve never been crazy about baseball. I mean, I love the game enough; I get excited when I do watch a game, but I’ve never been obsessed. “Kano”, though, is a movie to obsess about. The movie was based on a real story in the 1930s: a baseball team that never won, ends up being champion of Taiwan and went to play for the Holy Grail of high school baseball at the Koshien Stadium in Japan. It’s inspiring. It’s funny. It’s the kind of fairy tale we’ve all been reading in mangas.
I’m a tumblr girl, I live in my fandoms. And this movie is quickly taking over my world (and the whole Taiwan Island, so it seems). What’s so fascinating about it? Well, first of all, it’s baseball. How can you not be romantic about baseball? It’s the kind of game where everything is possible. Nothing can be sure, not even on the ninth inning.
Secondly, it’s high school. Well, it’s high school boys. If you’re familiar with mangas or Japanese culture, you know there’s something very romantic about Japanese high school boys. Those who play baseball are stubborn, hot-blooded and silly. The best kind. I don’t know, maybe it’s the samurai spirit passed down in their culture, it is truly moving and thrilling to see people dedicate so much, work so hard for something. (The fact that they’re cute doesn’t hurt either…)
Third, it’s in the 1930s. To be precise, it is at a time where Taiwan was still a Japanese colony. This movie doesn’t put much attention on the colonial history. What they did, was to recreate some of the big events in the city Kagi/Chiayi (the constructions, school) and focus on the lives of the players. It shows a realistic and peaceful side of Taiwan history. And in my opinion, I think it’s a good thing the film left out the endless love/hate debate towards Japanese colonization.
Fourth, the people. Well, Kano’s baseball team is a multi-ethnic team. Japanese, Chinese, and aborigines all work together. They all have their stories and they make such remarkable characters. Mix them together and it’s a big colorful explosion. And their coach, another great character, learns as much from them as they’ve learnt from him.
Interesting people with a great story, and the director didn’t fuck up; “Kano” is a Taiwanese movie I am proud of. We used to make great movies, our directors won dozens of prizes in International Film Festivals, but we don’t even have a movie industry now. We don’t even have a good movie culture. Filmmakers in Taiwan struggle to make films. After “Cape No.7” and “Seediq Bale”, it’s become a national sport to support Taiwanese films, but none of them got me as excited as this one. This is a film I whole-heartedly recommend to everyone. This is a film I recommend because I love it and not because I’m patriotic and it’s the right thing to do.
It is not perfect, it’s not Hollywood, but it’s good. I promise. I don’t know how big this film will go, or will it ever hit international markets, but I sure hope so.
And if “Kano” ever screens in the theatre in your neighborhood…
Please. Go see it.
You won’t regret it.
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