Sai de ke · ba lai: Tai yang qi ()

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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... See more »


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Mona Rudao (as Lin Ching-tai)
Temu Walis (as Umin Boya)
Genji Kojima, Constable at Tonbara clan
Sabu Kawahara ...
General Yahiko Kamada
Obing Tadao aka Hatsuko Takayama
Obing Nawi aka Hanako Kawano
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)
Pawan Neyung ...
Baso Mona (Mona's Younger Son) (as Lee Shih-chia)
Yuan-Jie Lin ...
Pawan Nawi
Chih-Wei Cheng ...
Biho Sapo
Ichiro Hanaoka aka Dakis Nomin (as Bokeh Kosang)
Jiro Hanaoka aka Dakis Nawi
Hayung Gaki
Bayan Kenbo
Gaki Baunky
Laka Umaw
Yong-cheng Kao
Teymu Boru
Bagah Pawan
Chao-Ming Chin
Yawei Basang
Wei-cheng Chuang
Jiru Taylung
Tudaw Macang
Yumin Silan
Idi Tusang
Suyan Masing
Yûichi Kimura ...
Satsuka Aisuke
Jun'ichi Haruta ...
Egawa Hiromichi, Police chief in Wushe area
Minoru Matsumoto ...
Katsumi Yoshimura, Constable at timber factory
Sonrei Yoshioka ...
Han Chinese Trader
Matsuno Kojima, Wife of Officer Kojima
Chi-Wei Cheng ...
Wu Jin-dun, the Shop Owner (as Cheng Chih-wei)
Taiwanese volunteer armies leader
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hua-Lien Police Chief
Akira Hibino ...
General Oshima, Commander of occupying force
Yoshitaka Ishizuka ...
Yasuichiro Fukabori
Kenji Kasai
Junji Kumagai
Hiroshi Noguchi ...
Admiral Kabayama Sukenori, Governor-general of Taiwan
Officer Nagano
Li, Ching-Fang, Special envoy of China
Jun Tian
Masaru Yoshitake
Qiusheng Zeng

Directed by

Te-Sheng Wei

Written by

Te-Sheng Wei ... (screenplay)

Produced by

Terence Chang ... producer
Leo Chen ... co-producer / line producer
Tai-Chiang Gou ... executive producer (as T.C. Gou)
Fong-Chou How ... associate producer
Tony Hu ... executive producer
Chih-ming Huang ... producer (as Jimmy Huang)
Jada Lee ... associate producer
Kenny Lin ... executive producer
Kuen Lin ... executive producer (as Kufn Lin)
Emile Chihjen Sheng ... executive producer
Tsai-Yang Tang ... associate producer (as David Tang)
Te-Sheng Wei ... executive producer
John Woo ... producer
Edward Chi-yun Yi ... action producer
Nerissa Zhang ... associate producer

Cinematography by

Ting-chang Chin

Film Editing by

Milk Su
Te-Sheng Wei

Editorial Department

Ian Lin ... trailer editor
Milk Su ... assistant editor

Casting By

Hsiu-Luan Lee
Fumiko Osaka

Production Design by

Yohei Taneda

Set Decoration by

Yoshihito Akatsuka

Costume Design by

Row-Long Chiu
Amanda Deng
Xin-Yi Lin
Mei-Ling Tu

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Shih-Ting Huang ... assistant to director
Po-Hao Hung ... second assistant director (as Bo-Hao Hung)
Miao-Hung Wang ... second assistant director
Weica Wang ... assistant to director (as Wei-Hsiang Wang)
Anne Wu ... first assistant director (as Yi-Ching Wu)
Chun-Kai Yang ... assistant to director

Art Department

Yoshihito Akatsuka ... art department producer
Yi-Te Chang ... scene manager
Shinsuke Kojima ... set designer
Masami Tanaka ... set designer
Ding-Yang Weng ... set construction
Rui-Xiong Weng ... property master
Michael Tsung-Ying Yang ... on-set dresser

Sound Department

Kévin Feildel ... french dubbing editor
Chun-Yao Shih ... boom operator
Shiang-Chu Tang ... sound recordist
Duu-Chih Tu ... sound designer

Special Effects by

Edward Chi-yun Yi ... special effects supervisor

Visual Effects by

Kawah Cheung ... cg supervisor: CrystalCG
Chen Cui ... compositor: CrystalCG
Sing-Choong Foo ... visual effects supervisor
Edward Chi-yun Yi ... visual effects producer (as Yi Chi-yun)
Jianghong Zhu ... digital compositor


Jae-won Shim ... action choreographer
Kil-Yong Yang ... action choreographer

Camera and Electrical Department

Hsi-Ming Chang ... first assistant camera
Remi Epron ... aerial pilot & technician
Chuan-You Su ... gaffer

Casting Department

Nobu Awata ... casting

Location Management

Ito Chang ... location manager

Music Department

Guy Gray ... music mixer
Coralie Hartl ... orchestra contractor
Phillip Hartl ... concertmaster
Ricky Ho ... composer: theme music
Laka Umaw ... lyricist/composer

Other crew

Alice Tsai-yi Huang ... actor trainer
Joshua Jason ... publicist
Dakis Pawan ... production consultant
Hsiao Chu Tseng ... production assistant
Adam Wilkinson ... miscellaneous crew

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Special Effects


Other Companies



Plot Summary

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 anger, Tado Mona and his brother Baso Mona attack the policeman. And from that day onward, their tribe is living in the shadow of being the object of revenge by the Japanese. In a few days, a group of youth surround Mona Rudao. They strongly request him to lead the retaliation against the Japanese. Mona Rudao struggles for a long time between extending his fellow's lives and fighting back for dignity, until he sees these youngster's faces - clear without Seediq's tattoos - that he made up his mind. He tells the youngsters, "Japanese troops out-number the stones in Dakusui River, more intensive than the leaves in the forest, but my determination fighting them is ever stronger than Mt. Kire." "Children! On the tip of the Rainbow Bridge led to home of our ancestor's spirits, there is another beautiful hunting range. Our ancestors are all there! Remember, only brave spirits can enter this place, and we can never lose it. My fellows, let us hunt the heads of our enemies, and we wash our spirits with blood so that we walk the Rainbow Bridge to be always with our ancestors." The film Seediq Bale depicts the Wushe Incident, which occurred in central Taiwan during the Japanese rule. When the Seediq Bale, believing in the Rainbow, and the Japanese, believing in the Sun, met one another, they fought. The leader of Seediq Bale, Mona Rudao, led 300 warriors fighting against 3000 Japanese troopers. The only thing they forgot was whether it was the Rainbow or the Sun they believed in; they actually believed in the same sky. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • Sai de ke · ba lai: Tai yang qí (Taiwan)
  • Seediq Bale Part 1 (Taiwan)
  • Sai De Ke Ba Lai (Taiwan)
  • Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I (World-wide, English title)
  • Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale - Part 1: The Sun Flag (World-wide, English title)
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  • 144 min
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Budget TWD700,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections Followed by Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale II (2011). See more »
Quotes Mona Rudao: There are more Japanese people than the tree leaves in the forest, than the pebbles in Jhuoshuei River. But my determination to fight them is more adamant than Mt. Chilai! If your civilization wants us to cringe, I'll show you the pride of savages!
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