Oscar 2008: Cape No. 7 Is Taiwan's Entry for Foreign-Language Oscar

CAPE NO. 7, the Taiwanese Foreign-Language Oscar entry, was helmed by Wei Te-sheng, a former assistant director under the legendary Edward Yang.

A romantic comedy, CAPE NO. 7 portrays the rise of a small town rock band and the discovery of a cache of undelivered love letters from 1940's Japanese-occupied Taiwan that become the catalyst of another inter-cultural love affair 70 years later.

The film begins in 1945 with the extradition of a Japanese teacher from Taiwan at the end of the Japanese Colonial period. In seven unforgettably passionate letters, the teacher reveals his previously undeclared love to a Taiwanese woman he must leave behind, forced to be separated by the end of the war. Providing a presentation of South Taiwan's scenery through its top-notch cinematography, CAPE NO. 7 also explores the unwavering pursuits of music, dreams and love intertwined with themes of generational differences, cultural diversity and small town life.

CAPE NO. 7 is the highest grossing film ever produced in Taiwan, surpassing even Ang Lee's "Lust: Caution" and "Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon." The movie is on its way to becoming the highest-grossing film ever in Taiwanese box-office history, outgrossing the international blockbuster "Titanic."

Although Chinese authorities could have banned the film based on its controversial subject matter, China Film Group, the largest and most influential state-run film enterprise in China, recently announced its intention to release the film there as demonstration of warming relations between Taiwan and mainland China.

CAPE NO. 7 has won the Audience Choice Award at the 2008 Taipei Film Festival, Grand Prize, Best Music, and Best Cinematography at the 2008 Taipei Awards; Grand Prize at the 4th AMFFM, JAPAN; Halekulani Golden Orchid Award for Best Narrative at the 28th Annual Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival.