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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At times, Warriors sacrifices dramatic nuance for scale, but even its most rousing passages are tempered by a sense of loss."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"An ambitious, blood-soaked retelling of an uprising by Taiwanese natives against Japanese occupiers."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Bruising, brutal tale of rebellion in early 20th Century Taiwan suffers from overkill."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"Given China's ongoing interest in the island and its unknowable future, this historical backstory behind current events is welcome indeed."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"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."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"At 2 1/2 hours, "Warriors" is a bruising, relentless experience, one more tiring than inspiring."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"The Taiwanese epic doesn't shy away from anything even though the message is pretty hopeless. But all of the film's depth seems to have been stripped away."
‑ Chris Sawin, Examiner.com
"Taiwanese natives battle occupying Japanese forces in a doomed uprising. Exciting if exhausting account of a real-life incident."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The film includes some stunning visuals, including a few terrific jungle battle scenes."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"There's something to be said about a two-and-a-half-hour war epic that manages to make each of its countless decapitation scenes feel earned, even called for, in the moment."
‑ Michael Nordine, Slant Magazine
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