: December of 1945, a Japanese teacher was forced to leave Taiwan and his beloved Taiwanese girl when the repatriation of Japanese nationals began following the end of Word War II. On his way home he wrote a letter each day to the girl he would never see again. The letters reached Taiwan after 60 years, in 2008.
A parcel with the letters was received by Aga
, unsuccessful singer returned from Taipei who accidently got a job at the local post office, but still is too far from getting the postman job done well. Instead, he used to lie on the couch dumping the letters under.
This time local chairman on duty (and Aga's stepfather
by the way) decided to raise the patriotic spirit of youth by forming a local rock band. In the absence of choice (the majority of young locals gone looking for better life in Taipei) anyone able to play anything musical was accepted: Old Mao
, the old postman who can only play yukin; Frog
, a grease monkey fixing motorcycles; Dada
, a girl who plays piano for the church choir; Malasun
, a millet wine salesman; Rauma
the policeman and his father who plays harmonica. Tomoko
, beautiful model from Japan, asked to organize the band in preparations to debut on the big musical show of Japanese celebrity scheduled in 3 days. The depressed Aga
according to chairman's plan will be a lead vocal of a band, but he should be persuaded first.
- «Cape No. 7» was shot in Hengchun, small town near Kending, Taiwan and have a budget of about NT$50 millions (1.5 million U.S. dollars).
- It is now the highest-grossing film ever produced in Taiwan and is on its way to becoming the highest-grossing film ever in Taiwanese box-office history (with total earnings over 16 millions of US dollars in Taiwan)
- «Cape No. 7» won more than 15 awards, including 6 awards of 45th «Golden Horse».
-  Golden Horse Awards
- «Best Original Music» (Lu Fred, Chi-Yi Lo)
- «Best Original Film Song»
- «Best Supporting Actor» (Ju-Lung Ma)
- «Best Film of Year»
- «Viewer's Choice»
-  Hawaii Film Festival
- «Best Film» (Wei Te-Sheng)
-  Taipei Film Festival
- «Best Film» (Wei Te-Sheng)
- «Audience Choice Award»
- «Best Cinematography(Ting-chang Chin)
- «Million Award» (Wei Te-Sheng)
-  Asian Marine Film Festival in Makuhari
-  Pusan International Film Festival
-  Shanghai Film Critics Awards
-  Hong Kong International Film Festival
- «The Edward Yang New Talent Award»
I love reading history because history reenacts itself again and again. When a period ends, people are always quick to clean that period and destroy everything of it, ready to start over. Actually, we should accept the new era with an open mind, without abandoning the past or being afraid of everything new, because the past would compromise with the new era perfectly, not necessarily opposed. That’s why I long for a new spirit of tolerance.
The seven persons in the film stand for seven colors of the rainbow mixing together, which is like the color of mud. But once being refined, each of the seven colors will present itself beautifully, just like the rainbow. The rainbow contains all the different colors, without repulsion. So it’s the most beautiful thing in the world. With so many racial and cultural conflicts in the Taiwan society, it would be wonderful if we could learn anything from the rainbow, tolerating and compromising, which is why the rainbow keeps showing up in the film.
The Vitality of Taiwan
It was a film about music originally. If we show the audience only the music part, which depicts the process of several young persons forming a band, with conflicts and several love stories in it, it would still be a wonderful film. But it lacks of our local culture, and can be done in any place of the world. The uniqueness of a film comes from the unique local cultural points of view.
Cape No.7 is a story happening in Taiwan, and so we have to make it with the characteristics of Taiwan, showing the value of this land. It should be dominated by localness. This is a beautiful place, with the vitality of environment, history, culture, landscape and race. Therefore, I chose the extradition of the Japanese aliens as the story background, and I set the location in Hengchun, which is a small town of the most ancient walls and the most luxurious hotels, the simplest residents and the tourists in bikinis walking on the streets, the traditional yukins (Taiwanese stringed musical instrument) and the modern rock music, and the aboriginals and Hakkas.