Monga  {Báng-kah}
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Taiwan, 2010, 140 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Crime, Drama, Gangster
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Mandarin English Sub-Titles

Writer/director and veteran actor Doze Niu presents a Taiwanese twist on the epic gangster film that surprisingly dethroned James Cameron’s Avatar in Taiwan on its first day of release. Set in 1980s Taiwan, after the end of military dictatorship, Monga centers around the troubled lives of five boys coming of age together. The narrator of the story, Mosquito, is invited to be a part of the gang after a silly fight over a chicken leg. Mosquito has grown up without a father and has never had any real friends, so after Monk, Dragon and the others take him under their wing, he discovers an irresistible world of friendship and brotherhood.

However, Mosquito soon discovers that in this violent world things aren’t always what they seem. When a group of mainlanders attempt to take over Monga, the fragile balance over the district’s turf is threatened, friendship is tested, and loyalty is questioned. Doze Niu has taken inspiration from gangster films such as I Vitelloni, Goodfellas and City of God, infusing Monga with humor, love and heart-wrenching twists to create something fresh and wholly original. Life in the Monga district is vividly captured with superb widescreen cinematography, outstanding editing and stylishly choreographed fight scenes.

DIRECTOR: Doze, Niu Cher-Zer
Producer: Lee Lieh and Doze, Niu Chen-Zer
Editor: Doze, Niu Chen-Zer and Tseng Li-Ting and Lin Yung-Yi
Screenwriter: Doze, Niu Chen-Zer and Tseng Li-Ting
Cinematographer: Jake Pollock
Music: Sandee Chan
Principal Cast: Ethan Juan, Mark Chao, Ma Ju-Lung, Ko Chia-yen
Filmography: Taipei 24H (2009), What On Earth Have I Done Wrong? (2007)
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