Aga is a young man from Hengchun, Pingtung, the southernmost town on the island of Taiwan. After ten years of a lackluster rock-music career in Taipei, he gives up and returns home in fury and frustration. Tomoko, a Japanese fashion model working in Taiwan, is asked to put together the opening for a...(Read more)
Aga is a young man from Hengchun, Pingtung, the southernmost town on the island of Taiwan. After ten years of a lackluster rock-music career in Taipei, he gives up and returns home in fury and frustration. Tomoko, a Japanese fashion model working in Taiwan, is asked to put together the opening for an upcoming beach concert in Hengchun by using only local talents. However, it’s difficult to recruit band members in this tiny seaside town. Aga, now a reluctant postman, meets Tomoko and, during the process of forming a band and through the magic of seven undeliverable love letters, they become a pair of quarrelsome lovers. At last, they put together a local rock band and give a marvelous performance. They also find out the addressee of the seven love letters—an old lady separated from her Japanese lover 60 years ago when Taiwan was returned to the R.O.C. in 1945. The Japanese man wrote seven letters on the ship home, and the letters reached his love 60 years later.
Cape No.7’s miraculous box-office success in 2009 triggered a rapid revival of Taiwanese cinema after the long hiatus of the 1990s. Director Wei Te-Shen worked with Edward Yang in the mid-90s. Perhaps that’s why Cape No.7, beyond being a financial success, also demonstrated the influence of the Taiwanese New Cinema in showing the everyday life of the common people; scenic shots of Taiwan’s landscape; the multiple ethnicities, languages, and cultures of an immigrant society; as well as its depiction of Taiwan’s complicated colonial history. Though a love story and a popular melodrama, Cape No.7 kindles serious debate on the love-hate relationship between Taiwan and Japan, opposition between northern and southern Taiwan, the city-country conflict, and capitalistic exploitation of Taiwan’s natural resources.
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Language：||Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese, Paiwan|
|Subtitle：||English, Japanese, French, Spanish, Portuguese|
|Producer：||Jimmy Chih-Ming HUANG, WEI Te-Shen|
|Actors：||Van FAN, Chie TANAKA, MA Ju-Lung, YING Wei-Min, MIN Hsiung, Joanne YANG, MA Nien-Hsien, Johnny C.J. LIN, Kousuke ATARI|
|Editor：||LAI Hui-Chuan, SU Pei-Yi|
|Music：||Fred LU, LO Chi-Yi|
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2008 Taipei Film Awards, Grand Prize, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Audience Choice Awards
2008 Golden Horse Awards, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Film Score, Best Original Film Song, Outstanding Taiwanese Film of the Year Awards
2008 Asian Marine Film Festival, Grand Prize
2008 Hawaii International Film Festival, Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative Feature