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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale (2011)
"Sàidékè balái" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  13 September 2012 (New Zealand)
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An indigenous clan-based people living in harmony with nature find their way of life threatened when violent interlopers from another culture arrive, intent on seizing their natural resources and enslaving them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nolay Piho ...
Mona Rudao (as Ching-Tai Lin)
Chih-Hsiang Ma ...
Temu Walis (as Umin Boya)
Masanobu Andô ...
Genji Kojima, Constable at Tonbara clan
Sabu Kawahara ...
General Yahiko Kamada
Vivian Hsu ...
Obing Tadao aka Hatsuko Takayama
Mei-Ling Lo ...
Obing Nawi aka Hanako Kawano
Landy Wen ...
Mahung Mona (Mona's Daughter)
Da-Ching ...
Mona Rudao - Young
Pawan Nawi ...
Chief Rudao Luhe, Mona's Father
Yakau Kuhon ...
Tado Mona (Mona's Eldest Son)
Shih-Chia Lee ...
Baso Mona (Mona's Younger Son)
Yuan-Jie Lin ...
Pawan Nawi
Chih-Wei Cheng ...
Biho Sapo
Yi-Fan Hsu ...
Ichiro Hanaoka aka Dakis Nomin (as Bokeh Hosang)
Soda Voyu ...
Jiro Hanaoka aka Dakis Nawi
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During the Japanese rule of Taiwan, the Seediq were forced to lose their own culture and give up their faith. Men were subject to harsh labor and kept from traditional hunting; whereas women had to serve the Japanese policemen and their families by doing the household work and giving up their traditional weaving work. Above all, they were forbidden to tattoo their faces. And these tattoos were seen as the Seediq's traditional belief to transform themselves into Seediq Bale ("true humans"). Mona Rudao, the protagonist, witnessed the repression by the Japanese over a period of 30 years. Sometime between autumn and winter 1930, when the slave labor is at its harshest, a young Seediq couple are married and a joyful party is thrown. At the same time, a newly appointed Japanese policeman goes on his inspection tour to this tribe. Mona Rudao's first son, Tado Mona, offers wine to the policeman with gusto, but is in return beaten up because his hands were considered not clean enough. With ... Written by Anonymous

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Taiwan's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. See more »

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Ichiro Hanaoka aka Dakis Nomin: [Asking Jiro/Dakis Nawi before performing seppuku] Jiro, are we subjects of Japan's Mikado... , or the descendants of the Seediq ancestors?
Jiro Hanaoka aka Dakis Nawi: Do it. Cut it up and end your conflicts right here and now. We don't have to go anywhere once we're dead. Let's both be free wandering spirits.
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A piece of history that is shocking BUT must be remembered
14 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

I wont say much about this film, but what I will say is this.... I am from England, but I have a huge interest in world cinema as well as action movies from the far East, I have been watching both for over 30 years, so I somewhat understand myths and traditions and folklore from that part of the world. Pretty much on all these accounts the film delivers in bundles, it wont be to everyones tastes, but considering where this film comes from, and what the Director has done it is incredible. You would not get a film like this anymore from Hollywood, the last film I can remember that it really reminded me of is GLORY (for those of you that know it), although that is Hollywood, and this is Taiwanese. They were both unrelenting though. This motion picture saga has...Great landscapes, beautiful haunting tribal folksongs in the soundtrack, and authentic wardrobe and sets, obviously some of the other comments that detract from the film might be fair, but this is a moving and unforgiving four and a half hour epic, where else are you gonna get to see a film like this ?

Red Cliff parts 1 and 2 maybe....but this is a Nobel and Splendid film.


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