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Taiwan film grabs award at Osaka Asian Film Festival

2018/03/18 19:22:29

Still image taken from Shine Time YouTube channel

Tokyo, March 18 (CNA) Taiwanese film "Take Me To the Moon" (帶我去月球) won the Asahi Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) Award with 1 million Japanese yen (US$9,438) in prize money at the 2018 Osaka Asian Film Festival (OAFF) Saturday.

Film trailer source: Shine Time YouTube channel

The ABC Award is given to the most entertaining participating new film by ABC, a member of the OAFF Executive Committee, according to the OAFF website.

"Take Me To the Moon" is directed by Hsieh Chun-yi (謝駿毅) and stars Jasper Liu (劉以豪) and Vivian Sung (宋芸樺).

According to the 2018 OAFF website, the movie describes how the protagonist reunites with members of his high school rock band after many years at the funeral of their lead singer.

After the funeral, drunk, he gets hit by a car and becomes miraculously transported back to just a few days before his high school graduation in 1997, where his band is going to perform.

Five other Taiwanese films were also showcased at the event -- "Babe's Not Alone" (亮亮與噴子), "The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful" (血觀音), "A Dog's Life" (狗狗傷心誌), "The Island That All Flow By" (川流之島) and "Purple Days" (紫色紐約).

The OAFF is an annual film festival that aims to "facilitate human resources development and exchanges," as well as promote the city of Osaka.

(By Huang Ming-hsi and William Yen)