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Taiwanese film on octogenarian bikers to hit theaters in U.S.

Taiwanese film on octogenarian bikers to hit theaters in U.S.

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) A film chronicling the 13-day journey of a group of octagenarians around Taiwan on their motorbikes will become the first Taiwanese documentary ever to be screened commercially in the United States when it hits theaters there later this week. The 90-minute "Go Grandriders" will be screened at BlueLight Cinemas in northern California starting from Aug. 16, and at AMC Atlantic Times Sq. 14 in southern California between Aug. 23 and 29, according to the Taichung-based Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation. The documentary has been shown in the United States before, but only in conjunction with film festivals. It was screened twice at the San Francisco CAAMFest in March 2013 and three times at the Seattle International Film Festival in late May and early June. The film by Hua Tien-hua tells the story of 17 Taiwanese averaging 81 years of age who traveled 1,178 kilometers around Taiwan by motorbike in 2007. Two of them were cancer survivors, eight had heart disease, and four relied on hearing aids. Undaunted by their illnesses and opposition from their families, the riders went ahead with the 13-day journey around Taiwan and persisted even in the face of adverse weather. Released in October 2012 in Taiwan, the film broke box office records for a local documentary, garnering over NT$30 million (US$1 million). (By James Lee)


Updated : 2021-07-28 03:41 GMT+08:00