10 Years Since ‘Cape No. 7’, What’s Happened to Taiwanese Cinema?

Taiwan cinema is thriving 10 years on from the release of the blockbusting comedy.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/06/07
By: By Ting-Ying Lin, Taiwan Insight

Photo Credit: Reuters / TPG

I can still vividly remember the scene back in the summer of 2008: I spent a typical summer afternoon at the cinema and I was squeezed in with lots of people at the ticket counter in one of the local cinemas in Ximending in order to grab a ticket for the hit film Cape No. 7 (海角七號).

When watching this film with other passionate audiences, I could hear them all laughing together while they felt touched by certain points in the film. People were so obsessed with that film and some of them even watched it over and over again. During that summer, the phenomenon of “Cape No. 7 fever” appeared and almost everyone I knew in Taiwan knew about or had watched it. Cape No. 7 finally became a blockbuster and made NT$530 million (US$17.6 million) at the box office, breaking the record for a domestic film.

Ten years later, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Wei Te-sheng’s (魏德聖) pioneering film.    [FULL  STORY]

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