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Umin Boya, 2014
Taiwan | Japanese, Taiwanese, Hakka, and Taiwan Aboriginal with English subtitles | Format: DCP | 185 minutes
North American Premiere. Q&A with Umin Boya.
The star of Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale and already an award-winning television director, Umin Boya, makes his feature-film directorial debut with the true story of Kagi Agriculture and Forestry Public School’s baseball team. Known as the pioneers of Taiwanese baseball in the 1930s, this ragtag group of young players—made up of both Japanese and Taiwanese students—went from holding a losing record to playing in the finals of Japan’s high-school baseball tournament in one year under the leadership of their new Japanese coach (Nagase Masatoshi). A love letter to the sport of baseball and imbued with the never-give-up spirit, this three-hour crowd-pleasing sports epic is a triumph of Taiwan cinema and one of the highest-grossing local films of all time. Presented with the support of the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.