"1895" tells the story of the resistance against the Japanese invasion in 1895 (the biggest war in Taiwan's history). After the 1894 Sin-Japanese war, the Qing government ceded Taiwan to ... See full summary »
"1895" tells the story of the resistance against the Japanese invasion in 1895 (the biggest war in Taiwan's history). After the 1894 Sin-Japanese war, the Qing government ceded Taiwan to Japan. After hearing the news, some groups of Taiwan people organized their own resistance to establish the Taiwan Republic. After the Japanese military on the northeast coast of Taiwan most officials fled to China and Taipei was taken with minimal effort. Three young Taiwan Hakka youths, Tang-hsing We, Hsiang Hsu, Shao-tsu Chiang, organized a guerrilla front to fight the Japanese. Written by
1895 In Formosa is a movie about the Sino-Japanese war in Taiwan. The story is about the guerrilla resistance of Taiwan against the Japanese army.
The Qing army loses the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 to Japan and Taiwan is ceded as payment. Xing rises to lead the Hakka army to fight the Japanese army that is about to land on Taiwan. The militia turns to fight a guerrilla war and they do keep the Japanese army from going south. Lacking ration, money and weapons, the militia gathers all fighting force available and become ready to fight a decisive war against the Japanese.
The film is simple and not much goes on in it except the battles between the Chinese and the Japanese army. Aside from that, the characters involved are simplified that makes the movie less interesting to the viewer.
The acting is good but not excellent nor great. Also, all the other aspects of the film are good as well like cinematography and direction. But overall, it is far from a classic and excellent historical movie. Inspite of that, the movie wasn't not a boring one at all.
I give this a 8 out of 10 rating. This film provides good entertainment especially those who loves movies about Asian history.
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