From producer Wei Te Sheng and his Seediq Bale
star Umin Boya (making his film directorial debut) comes Kano
, a rousing tale of courage, beating the odds and good sportsmanship. Based on the inspiring true story of Taiwan's greatest baseball team, Kano
chronicles the journey of a small-town high school baseball team from underdogs to champions during the Japanese colonial period. Leading a young cast that includes breakout star Tsao Yu Ning, Nagase Masatoshi (Twilight Samurai
) gives a commanding performance as a stern baseball coach who leads and inspires the team into history. Nominated for six Golden Horse Awards (including Best Picture) and the winner of the festival's Audience Award, Kano
is an inspiring blockbuster epic about the glory of sports.
Kano is set in the 1930s in the city of Chiayi (or Kagi at the time), known for a flourishing agricultural industry. However, the baseball team of Kagi Agriculture and Forestry Public School (abbreviated as "Kano") comprised of students of Taiwanese, aboriginal and Japanese origins suffers from a losing record and a lack of motivation. Newly arrived from Japan to teach bookkeeping at the school, Kondo (Nagase Masatoshi) is recruited to become the team's new coach. A former baseball player who has quit the game for good, Kondo eventually agrees and puts the team on a strict training regimen. Inspired by their new coach's enthusiasm, the boys start winning games with their eyes set on the Koshien tournament, the Holy Grail of Japanese high school baseball.
This edition includes making of, audio commentary, cast interviews and trailers.