Cape No. 7
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Cape No. 7
Directed by: Wei Te-Sheng
Runtime: 129 min
Language: Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Japanese w/ English subtitles
Website: Official Website
Celebrating the Centennial of the Republic of China, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) has joined with Asian Pacific American Film, Inc. and the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian to present several films. Two contemporary Taiwanese films, Cape No. 7 and The Fourth Portrait, will be presented on October 13th as part of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival. Two pivotal earlier Taiwanese films (Tsai Ming-liang’s Rebels of the Neon God and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s A Time to Live and a Time to Die) will be presented at the Freer and Sackler Galleries on October 21st and 23rd.
His dream of rock n’ roll fame in Taipei having collapsed, Aga (pop star Van) returns to his hometown Hengchun, a beautiful but quiet location on the southern coast of Taiwan. There he meets the beautiful Tomoko, who is trying to organize a group of local musicians to perform as the warm up act for real-life Japanese pop star Kousuke Atari (playing himself).
Meanwhile, Aga has taken a job as a postman to get by. He stumbles upon a package of love letters written by a Japanese teacher who was repatriated to Japan after World War II. Tomoko helps him discover the letters’ true significance as they struggle to get the local band ready in time to perform and not embarrass the whole town.
A fun, quirky romantic comedy filled with lively musical performances and real-life pop stars (Van sang the theme song in My Sassy Girl), Cape No. 7 is a film sure to delight any audience.
— Tad Doyle
Wei Te-Sheng, Director
Born in 1969, Wei Te-Sheng’s film career began when he found a job in a small production company. From 1995 to 1998, he shot a number of short films, including three films that won the Golden Harvest Award for Film and Digital Video: Face in the Evening, Three Dialogues, and Before Dawn. Wei’s first feature film, About July, received a Special Mention from the Alcan Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Seediq Bale, Wei’s latest film, is a nominee for the Golden Lion award at this year’s Venice International Film Festival.