Seediq Bale – Warriors of the Rainbow

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Seediq Bale (aka Warriors of the Rainbow) is a Taiwanese movie of truly epic scale directed by Wei Te-Sheng and produced by John Woo. It is based on the “Wushe Incident” in central Taiwan in 1930. The movie is dived in two parts, “Flag of the Rainbow” and “Bridge of the Rainbow”, total running time being about 4 1/2 hours! Easiest way to describe it? Braveheart meets Last of the Mohicans meets Apocalypto :mrgreen:

“In the mountains of Taiwan, two races clashed in defense of their faiths.  One believed in rainbows, the other believed in the sun. Neither side realized they both believed in the same sky.  Wei Te-Sheng’s epic film WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE retells an extraordinary episode from 20th-century history which is little-known, even in Taiwan.  Between 1895 and 1945, a Japanese colony inhabited the island and subdued the aboriginal tribes who first settled the land.  Seediq leader Mouna Rudo (Lin Ching-Tai) forged a coalition with other tribal leaders and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. The initial uprising took the Japanese by surprise, but they soon sent in their army to crush the rebellion, using aircraft and poison gas. The most expensive Taiwanese film ever made, WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE is written and directed by Wei Te-Sheng, whose romantic comedy CAPE NO. 7 received numerous awards and accolades. The film is produced by John Woo.”

Posters for part 1 & 2

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The movie is beautifully shot and some of the landscapes are simply breathtaking. There are some rather crappy CGI effects, but fortunately there are only few of those. One word of warning, some of the scenes in the movie are quite disturbing, certainly not “Hollywood family entertainment”. A good thing is that there is no simple black/white, evil/good, it is much more complex and you can start understanding all sides at some point. Towards the end of part 2 I found some of the action too over the top and one of the characters really started to annoy me (will not go into details as i don’t want to spoil 😉 ). Despite some shortcomings I would still recommend this movie. And for the Imperial Japanese Army nerd there is some nice early gear to be seen 😀

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For international release both parts were cut to a single 2 1/2 hour movie. Be sure to watch the long, 2 part version! I bought the US Blu-ray containing the long version. Be careful as there are two versions out in the US one with the short cut and one containing both parts in full length.

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Trailer:

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~ by m1pencil on May 10, 2013.

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