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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I (2011)

Sai de ke · ba lai: Tai yang qi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 9 September 2011 (Taiwan)
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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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Te-Sheng Wei

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Te-Sheng Wei (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nolay Piho ... Mona Rudao (as Lin Ching-tai)
Chih-Hsiang Ma ... Temu Walis (as Umin Boya)
Masanobu Andô ... Genji Kojima, Constable at Tonbara clan
Sabu Kawahara 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 Da-Ching ... Mona Rudao - Young
Pawan Nawi Pawan Nawi ... Chief Rudao Luhe, Mona's Father
Yakau Kuhon Yakau Kuhon ... Tado Mona (Mona's Eldest Son)
Pawan Neyung Pawan Neyung ... Baso Mona (Mona's Younger Son) (as Lee Shih-chia)
Yuan-Jie Lin Yuan-Jie Lin ... Pawan Nawi
Chih-Wei Cheng Chih-Wei Cheng ... Biho Sapo
Yi-Fan Hsu ... Ichiro Hanaoka aka Dakis Nomin (as Bokeh Kosang)
Soda Voyu ... Jiro Hanaoka aka Dakis Nawi
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | History

Certificate:

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Aboriginal | Japanese | Hokkien

Release Date:

9 September 2011 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale - Part 1: The Sun Flag See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

TWD 700,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,183, 27 April 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$136,166, 27 April 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Taiwan's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012. To meet Academy regulations, the four-and-half-hour full version of the diptych was submitted as one entry. See more »

Quotes

Mona Rudao: Dakis, when you die, are you entering a Japanese shrine, or the heavenly home of our ancestors? Are you Dakis or Hanaoka Ichiro?
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Followed by Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale II (2011) See more »

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(Our) Disappearing Cultures
1 December 2011 | by magchauSee all my reviews

I agree too. I did some wiki research when I first learn about this film and it is really helpful to get a fuller sense of the theme given a basic historical context. Disclaimer: I have seen the first part only (the second part is in theaters today in HK).

Similar to previous comment, this movie reminds me of the situation in Tibet right now. How the "Han-ization" is happening when the culture and religion in Tibet is slowing disappearing. What would I do if I were one of the young men in the tribes in the movie?

And is this that much different to the change happening to our very own culture (both Eastern and Western) in the face of globalization and extreme consumerism? This is how much the film has provoked me into contemplating.

Also with all the head chopping and fighting scenes the director has successfully illustrates the values and beliefs of life of the tribes without a taint of violence. Yes it's bloody but not violent. Wonder how that is possible right? (This is refreshing in the midst of our media culture on big screens and on TV).

I would not use the word entertaining for this movie but nonetheless it is not as serious/"boring" as the topic and plot might sound. And 144 minutes just flew by without my notice and my 60+ years old parents were actually hoping to watch the second half right after the first.

Definitely a not-to-miss for this year!


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