Film trailer touted
Previews for the upcoming baseball film Kano looks set to be a staple of New Year celebrations next week. The two-and-a-half-minute trailer for the film is to be screened at 21 countdown parties, concerts and other events in 20 cities and counties, Kano director Ma Chih-hsiang (馬志翔) said. Set in the Japanese era in 1931, Kano — the Japanese-language abbreviation for the Agriculture and Forestry Public School of Chiayi (then pronounced Kagi) — tells the true story of the school’s baseball team that traveled to Japan as the underdog to play in a renowned high-school baseball tournament. The film portrays the rigorous training undertaken by the team, which was composed of Japanese and Taiwanese athletes of Han Chinese and Aboriginal origins, and how they advanced against the odds to the finals of the tournament. The director said he hopes the film will help bring back memories of the “glorious era” of Taiwanese baseball.
Fake Italian deported
An Iranian man holding a forged Italian passport was deported from Taoyuan airport on Wednesday when inspectors found he could not speak even basic Italian. A National Immigration Agency official saw through the ruse when he tried to start a chat in Italian only to find the man, identified only as “Ramezani,” did not even know basic greetings in the language. According to the agency’s account of Ramezani’s confession, he first bought a counterfeit Italian passport near Iran’s border with Turkey from a Russian dealer for US$8,000. With only US$600 in cash, he reportedly said he planned to work in Taiwan to buy a flight to Italy, where he would seek political asylum.
ASE executives questioned
Prosecutors yesterday summoned three Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc (ASE) executives to explain their roles in the factory’s release of untreated industrial wastewater into a creek. ASE chairman Jason Chang (張虔生), chief operating officer Tien Wu (吳田玉) and president Raymond Lo (羅瑞榮) reported to the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday afternoon. They departed after questioning later yesterday. The company is the world’s largest IC packaging and testing services provider. It was the latest move by prosecutors, who had earlier obtained a court order to detain Su Ping-shou (蘇炳碩), head of ASE’s K7 plant in Greater Kaohsiung. Following the discovery of the pollution problem at the plant, the Greater Kaohsiung Government’s Environmental Protection Bureau on Dec. 20 ordered a shutdown of some production lines in the factory.
Subpoena issued after fight
The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday subpoenaed the father-in-law of President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) eldest daughter, Lesley Ma (馬唯中), for questioning over a scuffle and a legal dispute brought against him by his former friend Liang Chih-hsi (梁治希). Tsai Lung’s (蔡龍) son, Allen Pei-jan Tsai (蔡沛然), married Lesley Ma last year. Chinese-language media reported earlier this week that Tsai Lung, 59, allegedly owed Liang, 60, NT$12 million (US$400,000), and the two had a dispute which came to blows over the debt on Taipei’s Renai Road in October. Subsequently, they sued each other for assault causing bodily harm. Upon leaving the Taipei District Court yesterday afternoon, Tsai Lung told the press that he did not owe Liang any money.