Cape No. 7

CapeNo. 7

Mr.Representative’s determination signifies the need to reduce theencroachment of multinationals. The international corporations hadencroached the city to the point of reducing the autonomy of thelocals. Consequently, Mr. Representative advocated for the need ofthe city to re-energize and seek for its sovereignty from capitalismand bureaucracy. He makes a statement that he is an embodiment of the‘southern style’ meaning that he advocated for theself-dependency of the Taiwan people (Chang, 2004). As the presidentof the township representatives, he signifies the urge of the leadersto eliminate the Japanese colonialism of the Taiwan people. This isclearly illustrated at the beginning of Cape No 7. Mr.Representative as the president of the township representativessignifies the intentions of the Taiwanese leaders. He introduceshimself as a giant. He states his height to be 175 centimeters.Besides, he continues to state that he is 75 Kilos and 65 years old(Wang, 2012). Mr. Representative further states that his mainintention is to kill, arson, destroy and fight. Specifically, he putsdown his intention to bring down the whole city and call the youngpeople to rebuild the city so they can be their bosses (Wang, 2012).

Mr.Representative’s character complexity entails his extremes roles-one as a revolutionist leader and on the other extreme as a fatherand a family man. In between the extremes, he is also depicted tocreate jokes and make fun. The complexity of his character is furtherdepicted by his gentrification of the ‘Tai-Ke’staple that serves as refreshing and familiar to most of the agedTaiwanese audience (Chang, 2004)

Thespecialty of the movie lay in the fact that it is a low budget film.However, it has depicted various aspects of the Taiwan city withgreat skills. For example, it depicts the two sides of modernism andthe past. The fervent supporters of the film further appraise it forembracing the Japanese urban culture introduced to Taiwan due tocolonization. Besides, the film serves as a source of light-heartedentertainment (Wang, 2012)


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