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Monga

General info
Original title: Báng-Kah (艋舺)
Country: Taiwan
Year: 2010
Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.2 611 votes
Plot: A loner teen named Mosquito meets Dragon, Monk, White Monkey, and Dog Boy - all members of the ‘Gang of Princes’, when they helped him fight off bullies in his new school. As it turned out, this crazy company led by the Dragon enjoys great prestige in the local area, because Dragon's father Geta is a well-respected underworld kingpin who is in charge for the whole of Monga. Together they skip classes and spend their days getting into street fights, going clubbing and wooing girls. Geta teaches them about the laws of a brotherhood which they should always fight to protect their honour.

Soon, another gang attempts to muscle in on the action in Monga, taking out Monga’s gang bosses, including Geta. Friends are now at the heart of a ruthless gang war over territory.
  • Set in 1980s Bangka, otherwise known as Manka, an old Taipei district that is now part of the city’s Wanhua District.
  • Monga become a bestseller grossed more than NT$59.32 million (US$1.85 million) since it premiered in Taiwan on February 5. Its first day box office was NT$8.31 million, outshining 'Avatar's' first-day receipts of NT$6.97 million.
Movie info
Language: Min Nan, Mandarin
Colormode: Color
Running time: 127

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Tags: Monga, Báng-Kah, 2010, Taiwanese movies, Drama movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

Monga
(overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)
LoveHKFilm, by Kozo source: http://www.lovehkfilm.com/panasia/monga.html
«Monga trends towards convention, the film has earned the goodwill to satisfy and even impress. The Wanhua District setting helps. ... Monga gives the district a distinct personality, making it the perfect cultural backdrop for these familiar characters and their well-worn struggles. Honor, friendship, family, loyalty and brotherhood – these themes are incredibly common for this genre, but Monga allows them the appearance of freshness.»
Twitch, by James Marsh source: http://twitchfilm.net/reviews/2010/03/hkiff-2010-monga-review.php
«MONGA is an adeptly staged and beautifully designed film, exuding a grandiose confidence that makes this tale of brotherhood feel much larger and grander than it in fact is. Splicing high school antics, fantasy sequences, back alley knife fights and riotous nights on the town together seamlessly, the first hour feels like one long montage of what it means to be a gangster, and to belong.»
movieXclusive.com, by Gabriel Chong source: http://www.moviexclusive.com/review/monga/monga.html
«This is an enormously entertaining coming-of-age gangster flick unique for its strong colourful local flavour»
The China Post, by James Topley source: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/movie/drama/2010/02/05/243699/Monga-艋舺.htm
«An engrossing, yet perhaps beautified gangster film. It's neither terrific nor terrible, but it's thoroughly engaging. ... The efforts of all shows visibly on the screen; the sets, costumes and hairstyles create an authentic 80's appearance, one which remains fresh in the memories of many.»
Taipei Times, by Ho Yi source: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2010/02/05/2003465223
«With a stellar cast and entertaining storyline that weaves together action and drama, the film should do well with younger audience members who like to view the underworld through rose-tinted glasses.»

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Persons

Filmmakers

Niu, DozeNIU Doze
director/as Gray Wolf
TSENG Li-Ting
writer
CHAN Sandee
composer
Greenday Films
studio
Honto Production
studio
One Production Film Co.
studio
Persons

Cast

Juan, Ching-TienJUAN Ching-Tien
as Monk / HO Tien-Yo
Chao, MarkCHAO Mark
as Mosquito / CHOU Yi-Mong
Vaughan, RhydianVAUGHAN Rhydian
as Dragon Lee
Denghui, HuangDENGHUI Huang
as A-Po
Changxian, CaiCHANGXIAN Cai
as White Monkey
Ma, Ju-LungMA Ju-Lung
as Boss Geta
Ke, Jia-YanKE Jia-Yan
Chen, Han DianCHEN Han Dian
as Dog Boy
ACHING
as Band at Grey Wolf's Club
AIRPLANE
as The Nakashi Band - Keyboard player
AKUEI
as The Nakashi Band - Drummer
CHAN-MING Yeh
as Members of Temple Front
CHAO-HUANG Hung
as Geta's Deputy
CHAO-TING Huang
as Members of Temple Front
CHE-HAO Chang
as Dog Boy's Classmates
CHEN Bamboo
as Geta's Deputy
CHENG Yu-Chieh
as School Teacher
CHIA-CHU Lo
as Geta's Deputy
CHIA-WEI Chung
as Members of Temple Front
CHIEH Hou
as Monk's Father
CHIEH-LUN Chang
as Mosquito - Age 10
CHIEN-AN Lin
as Masa's Deputy
CHIEN-PENG Chen
as Monkey - Age 10
CHIEN-YING Hung
as Hookers at Treasure Borough
CHIEN-WEI Tu
as Classmates - Iron Men at P.E. Class
CHIH-FAN Lin
as Members of Temple Front
CHING-CHIU Chuang
as Grey Wolf's Deputy
CHUNG-JUI Chang
as Doggy - Dog Boy's Father
CHUN-YAO Huang
as Classmates - Iron Men at P.E. Class
HAO-HSIANG Hsu
as Monk - Age 10
HAO Hsu
as Monk's Older Sister
HSIANG-MIN Wang
as Classmates - Iron Men at P.E. Class
HSIAO-MING Sun
as Blackface
HSI-FAN Chang
as Grey Wolf's Deputy
HSIN-TUNG Ou
as Hookers at Treasure Borough
HSIN-WEN Kao
as Classmates - Iron Men at P.E. Class
HSIU-YU Tsao
as The Nakashi Band - Vocalist
HUAN-CHUNG Chang
as Teacher at the 2nd School
JUI-YANG Hsu
as Dog Boy's Classmates
JUNG Her
as Monk's Mother
KUAN-CHIU Chen
as Monk's Entourage
KUEI-HUNG Chu
as Manager of the Temple
KUN-TSAI Cheng
as Members of Temple Front
KUO-CHUNG Tang
as Scar
KUO-WEN Su
as The Nakashi Band - Wind Music player
LIANG-HUI Huang
as Masa's Deputy
LIN Chih-Ju
as School Dean
LUKE
as Dragon - Age 10
MING-HUNG Hsu
as Grey Wolf's Deputy
PAO-YUAN
as Band at Grey Wolf's Club
PO-HUNG Ko
as Monkey's Grandfather
PO-JEN Sung
as Dog Boy's Classmates
PO-WEN Tsai
as Officer at the 2nd School
PO-YUAN Wang
as Classmates - Fee Collectors
PO-YU Tu
as A-Po - Age 10
TAI Kung
as Geta's Deputy
TIEN-FU Sung
as Grey Wolf's Deputy
TSAI-HSING Chang
as Wim-Kian's Entourage
TSENG Gary
as Squid Soup Shop Owner
TZU-YEN Chin
as Singer at Grey Wolf's Club
WAN-CHUN Liu
as Hui's Classmate
WANG Shi-Xian
WEI-HSUN Pan
as Classmates - Iron Men at P.E. Class
WEI-TING Weng
as Members of Temple Front
WEN-CHIEH Tang
as Man on Wheelchair
WEN-HAO Chang
as Masa's Deputy
YEN-YIN Chang
as Classmates - Fee Collectors
YI-CHE Hsu
as Monk - Age 3
YI-HSUAN Chen
as Monk's Older Sister
YI-LIN Kuo
as Hookers at Treasure Borough
YI-LUN Chiang
as Grey Wolf's Deputy
YING-HAO Lai
as Dragon's Stunt Man
YI-TZU Hsu
as Monk's Older Sister
YUEH-MING Liu
as Grey Wolf's Deputy
YU-HAO Tseng
as Classmates - Fee Collectors
YU-HSIN Chen
as Masa's Deputy
YU-LIN Huang
as Masa's Deputy
YU-LIN Wu
as Hookers at Treasure Borough
YUNG-FENG Lee
as A-Po's Father
YUNG-JEN Huang
as Dog Boy's Classmates
YU Reen
as Hui
YU-YI Lin
as Mosquito - Age 5
ZHANG Ihong
as Grey Wolf's Deputy



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