Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2012)



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Wei Te-sheng's epic film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale reclaims an extraordinary episode from 20thcentury history which is little-known, even in Taiwan. Between 1895 and 1945, the island was a Japanese colony inhabited not only by the majority (Han Chinese Immigrants) but also by the remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the mountainous land. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of the Seediq tribe settled on and around Mount Chilai, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal leaders and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. The initial uprising took the Japanese by surprise and was almost entirely successful. But the Japanese soon sent in their army to crush the rebellion, using aircraft and poison gas. -- (C) Official Site
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Lin Ching-Tai
as Mouna Rudo
Ma Chih-hsiang
as Temu Walis
Sabu Kawahara
as Kamada Yahiko
Vivian Hsu
as Takayama Hatsuko
Landy Wen
as Mahung Mouna
Da Ching
as Young Mouna Rudo
as Young Mouna Rudo
Masanobu Ando
as Kojima Genji
Ching Tai Lin
as Mouna Rudo
Lo Mei-ling
as Kawano Hanako
Lin Yuan-Jie
as Pawan Nawi
Chang Chih-Wei
as Pihu Sapu
Bokeh Kosang
as Hanoka Ichiro
Soda Voyu
as Hanaoka Jiro
Yuichi Kimura
as Satsuka Ayu
Ju-Lung Ma
as Owner of Trade Center
Chie Tanaka
as Kojima's Wife
Cheng Chih-Wei
as Wu Chin-Duen
Wu Pong-fong
as Special Appearance
Umin Boya
as Temu Walis
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

At times, Warriors sacrifices dramatic nuance for scale, but even its most rousing passages are tempered by a sense of loss.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Globe and Mail
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You can see why Woo, the noted Hong Kong action director, would want to produce it: It fits right in with his "heroic bloodshed" cinematic legacy.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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As the war drags on, "Warriors of the Rainbow" outstays its welcome. I've never seen more severed heads in a film and cared less.

April 26, 2012
New York Times
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An ambitious, blood-soaked retelling of an uprising by Taiwanese natives against Japanese occupiers.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Toronto Star
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At 2 1/2 hours, "Warriors" is a bruising, relentless experience, one more tiring than inspiring.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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At two and a half hours, Warriors Of The Rainbow has the shape of something weightier than the simplified good-vs.-evil movie it actually is.

Full Review… | April 25, 2012
AV Club
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Another 1 split into 2 pieces. Part I is slightly better, whilst part II pales actually. Overall is still overlong & exhausting however.


Epic movie..really well done. Beautifully filmed -- Avatar coming to life in the real world. Certainly as violent as any movie ever made, but done in a way that it did not seem out of place with all the action. I am thankful that this story has been told, and told well.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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The very best Asian Movie I have ever had the pleasure of watching, based on a true story of the clan know as Seedig Bale and the Japanese Ocupation of Taiwan. The whole film is unreal in its detail a must see 5 stars 11-29-12

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