Saturday, September 28, 2013

Go Grandriders Motorcycle Documentary Coming to Minneapolis

The trailer for this film was making the rounds on the Internet a while back and now the documentary is showing in Minneapolis next month. It is about a group of 17 Taiwanese with an average age of 81 who decide to ride around Taiwan on a thirteen day motorcycle trip. If you are not in Minneapolis, check the website below to see where you can see it in your area. I plan on seeing it. See you there.

Watch the Trailer here: Go Grandriders Trailer

  • Event:2013 Taiwan Film Festival

  • Date: October 19, 2013, 12:00 P.M. ~ 5:00 P.M.

  • Location: St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Avenue St. Paul, MN 55108 Map

  • About Taiwan Film Festival:

    • Taiwan Film Festival expects to bring you and your friends to have a better understanding from different aspects to recognize and appreciate the beauty of Taiwan through Taiwan movies.
  • Sign-up: (FREE)

  • About this event(Taiwanese and Chinese pronunciation with English caption are provided):

    • Go Grandriders 12:30 PM - 2:10 PM
    • A Year in the Clouds 2:50 PM- 4:30 PM


    Official Description of “Go Grandriders” from

    “On average, they are 81 years old but possess dreams only 18-year-olds would have. They would tell you, through life-long experience, “Miracles do happen as long as you continue to dream!”

    In Go Grandriders, a group of 17 senior citizens, many of them learn how to ride a motorcycle for the first time, embark on what may be the most daring adventures of their lives: a 13-day-entirely-on-motorcycle tour around the island of Taiwan. Among these 17 Grandriders, two have had cancer, four need hearing aids, five suffer from high blood pressure, eight have coronary disease, and every one of them has symptoms of joint degeneration. However, at the youthful age of 80 plus, they dare to ride on scooters and feel the land they have lived all their lives.

    Challenges officially begin when they decide to hop on their scooters: fighting objections from family members, taking driver license test at an old age, aching bodies and every possible poor weather and road conditions along the 1178-kilometer (732-mile) journey. The day prior to the start of the journey, the captain suffers from ulcer and declining red blood cell count, how will he lead these Grandriders to the goal they have aspired to achieve?

    The trip brings harrowing escapes (riding on narrow coastal highway with gusty wind and a steep cliff on one side, and intimidating big trucks speeding by on the other), pure exhilaration (including a gleeful romp in the waves when riders reach Taiwan’s beautiful east coast), and somber reflection (as riders recall their youths fighting in the Sino-Japanese War).  Defying society’s expectation, the Grandriders’ journey will inspire and delight audiences both young and young at heart.”

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    1. I really enjoyed seeing that trailer though at the time I didn't know it was a trailer. For some reason it sort of hit home.


      1. I did as well. Looking forward to seeing it in a few weeks.

    2. A few years ago a bank made a commercial that featured four of these riders. I knew it was a true story but did not know there was a movie made about it. I hope it comes to my area.

      1. Yes! I had forgot it was a commercial, I just remember seeing the youtube clips.

    3. Well, I guess I'm going to have to make a point to go see that.

    4. ive heard about this movie, sounds fun!!! hmmm, it's got to have showings out here in NorCal. looking it up... thanks for the info! :)