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

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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 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
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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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Mona Rudao: There are more Japanese people than the tree leaves in the forest, than the pebbles in the... river, but my determination to fight them is more adamant than the... Mountain!
Mona Rudao: If your civilization wants us to cringe, I'll show you the pride of savages!
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a cross between Last of the Mohicans and Michael Bay
12 July 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Warriors of the Rainbow takes on a story of a fight for freedom when Taiwan were getting rid of the Japanese occupation. What sets up as a classic, comes across as a big let down with confusion running through most of the film.

On one hand you have a Last of the Mohicans vibe. The underdog vs goliath, the battle for what is right. The people who feel as though their culture is being wiped out. A Tale that would usually bring inspiration, has been ruined by the action sequences. Splashed with CGI, the battle scenes resemble something of a Michael Bay film. Add to this, the melodramatic and unnecessary ghost sequences, tear the film between something of a epic tale of bravery and a mindless action film. Very disappointing.

With a better course of direction, this film could have been something. In the end, it becomes a mess and a missed opportunity!


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