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Taiwanese baseball film 'Kano' to hit theaters in Hong Kong
Central News Agency
2014-03-26 05:59 PM
Taipei, March 26 (CNA) The Taiwanese baseball drama "Kano" is set to make its debut Thursday in theaters in Hong Kong, where it has received positive advance screening reviews, the film's distributor said Wednesday. The film will be screened in 19 theaters in the special administrative region, according to Vie Vision Pictures. Co-producer Wei Te-sheng said Monday that only five theaters had been lined up initially to screen the film, but positive early reviews had pushed the number up to 19. Set in 1931, when Taiwan was a Japanese colony, the film tells the story of the unsung baseball team from Kagi (Chiayi) Agriculture and Forestry Public School, 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 the odds. Directed by Taiwan's Umin Boya, the predominantly Japanese-language film has grossed NT$248 million (US$8.12 million) in Taiwan to date since opening in local theaters on Feb. 27 and NT$88.3 million in Taipei alone. (By Christie Chen)
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