“A relentlessly feel-good, united-we-stand crowd-pleaser.” – The Hollywood Reporter
A huge box office hit in its native Taiwan, this heart-warming directorial debut from Umin Boya, an actor of Aboriginal descent, renders the classic tale of the underdog triumphing through adversity. In Kano we follow the incredible true story of an amateur baseball team, comprised of Japanese, Han Chinese and indigenous Taiwanese farm boys, who made it to the finals at Koshien, Japan’s national high-school baseball championship in 1931.
Not only a love letter to a sport worshipped in Taiwan (and Japan), the film, written and directed by Seediq Bale’s Wei Te-sheng, delves into the country’s repressed colonial past when it was still under Japanese rule. Elegantly lensed and capturing the great gusto of the game, the film features a stellar ensemble cast with a standout performance by Masatoshi Nagase as the inspiring coach. Big-hearted, rousing and inspiring, Kano hits a home run and will have you cheering in your seat.