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Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale [Blu-ray] (2011)

Lin Ching-Tai , Umin Boya , Te-Sheng Wei  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lin Ching-Tai, Umin Boya, Ando Masanobu, Vivian Hsu
  • Directors: Te-Sheng Wei
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Taiwanese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008645Y6M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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BRAVEHEART, with a nod to THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS... --San Francisco Chronicle

Action set in the spell-binding Avatar-land… --Hollywood Reporter

Between the breathtaking landscape of the Seediq territories and the cast-of-thousands battle scenes, the movie is endlessly watchable... --Toronto Sun

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Produced by John Woo, In the mountains of Taiwan, two races clashed in defense of their faiths. One believed in rainbows, the other believed in the sun. Neither side realized they both believed in the same sky. Wei Te-Sheng's epic film WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE retells an extraordinary episode from 20th-century history which is little-known, even in Taiwan. Between 1895 and 1945, a Japanese colony inhabited the island and subdued the aboriginal tribes who first settled the land. Seediq leader Mouna Rudo (Lin Ching-Tai) forged a coalition with other tribal leaders and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. The initial uprising took the Japanese by surprise, but they soon sent in their army to crush the rebellion, using aircraft and poison gas. The most expensive Taiwanese film ever made, WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE is written and directed by Wei Te-Sheng, whose romantic comedy CAPE NO. 7 received numerous awards and accolades.

DVD Extras

Interviews w/ Director Wei Te-Sheng and Producer John Woo
Making Of
Make Up and Visual Effects
The Epic Journey of the Warriors Short
Behind the Scenes

English Subtitles


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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an extraordinary film July 16, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
This is an extraordinary offering. Some understanding of the background is helpful for those not familiar with the complex history of Taiwan: The original inhabitants of this island were not Chinese at all but a race akin to many of the tribes in the Philippines and DNA work suggests that most Polynesians can trace their origins back to movements south out of Taiwan. Some 500 years ago Chinese immigration from Fu Jian and later other provinces increased rapidly and these original clans were pushed into the hills where they can still be found in small numbers today. The story begins in 1895 when the aggressive Japanese Empire was ceded Taiwan by the decaying Qing Dynasty and the Japanese sent in their powerful military and civil forces to develop the resources for an expanding economy.

The coastal Han (Chinese) were pretty quickly brought to heel and indeed the Chinese in Taiwan have enjoyed a good relationship with Japan ever since. Most elderly Taiwanese speak Japanese, having learned it at school and the island has many customs and practices that are Japanese rather than those of the mainland Chinese. This did not prove to be the case with the clans in the mountains where considerable resistence and resentment built up as their natural resources were taken from them by the Japanese. This led to a great uprising in the south in the 30s that was eventually crushed with overwhelming force. This long film is the story of this tragic event.

Conceiving and bringing such a story to the screen was no easy task. Language and racial type are huge issues. The mountain clan languages are not at all related to Chinese and are no longer widely spoken. Many have intermarried and Taiwanese today are an interesting mixture of many racial types.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably amazing movie! November 17, 2012
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Wow just Wow is all I can say about the film. I was surprised to see the movie even had reviews below 4 stars I'm not quite sure what that's about. I watched this movie on 2 occasions. The first time I wasn't sure I was in the mood for it and I didn't like the first portion of it so much but on a better day I watched the movie from the beginning again and it's fantastic. There's so much emotion and pride hidden behind the movie. Warriors of the Rainbow is about a tribe of people known as the Seediq Bale that live in harmony with the forests they call home. One day they find themselves being invaded by Japanese soldiers. They try to fight back but are conquered and become ruled under the Japanese that end up forcing them to become a servant class amongst their social group. Using them to do heavy manual labor for cheap, introducing wine to keep them drink, raping their women and basically destroying their culture. One of the tribes men said something interesting in the film about being ruled by the Japanese just so they can feel impoverished by their schools and stores. It was an interesting statement and I'm not sure if other people took as much from it as I did watching the film. Both European and certain Asian cultures viewed people that were tribal as savages for not living the "civilized" lives that they did. Mostly once these tribes were conquered they tried to adopt them into the "civilized" life that they were accustomed too but, yet at the same time treating them inhumanely and as uncivilized as possible.

In this case the Seediq bale were already rich. They're wealth was the forests and it's hunting grounds. Teaching their children about their ancestors so they could pass their ways on to future generations was what they valued the most.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Violent and stunning but unfulfilling August 7, 2012
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There are two versions of "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale" coming to DVD and Blu-ray; the four and a half hour original version and the cut two and a half hour US version. This is a review of the two and a half hour version, which certainly seems as though it received the wrong end of the stick. It feels like much of the story was dumped for the massive amount of action sequences.

The historical drama is absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray. The never ending supply of lush forests and trees just always adds a splash of color to whatever is transpiring. The nonstop bloodshed never ceases to add a little red to the fray, as well. Nature, sunsets, waterfalls, and wildlife; the Taiwan scenery is just stunning. Unfortunately, it's usually sacrificed for cluttered CGI and awkward camera movements.

The CGI is used for a rock slide, some of the more difficult to film wildlife shots, animals, mist, steam, and even explosions. If there was a middle class for special effects, these would fall under that category. The shadowing of the CGI seems to clash with the lighting of the surrounding forests as well and makes the effects stand out even more than they probably should. Then there are times when the camera probably should have just stayed still instead of roaming the countryside to capture what would have been a great shot.

The Taiwanese epic has been compared to the likes of "Braveheart" and "The Last of the Mohicans," but there are some similarities to "300" in there as well. The film is edited really awkwardly at times. Some battle sequences are noticeably sped up while other somewhat random scenes seem to be done in slow motion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warriors of the Rainbow : Sediq Bale
This was a great movie, it had history and showed the Seediq Bale in the 1920's & 1930's. The 4 1/2 International version is the way to go. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joe241
3.0 out of 5 stars May I offer a few observations?
1) This movie was made by a Chinese film director. This means, to be accepted and released in China, it has to portray the enemies of China as inferior and morally despicable. Read more
Published 19 days ago by LEE OKELLEY
5.0 out of 5 stars I never thought I would find myself rooting for the Headhunters.
But that is exactly what I did. I found hope in their courage and tenacity, but they were doomed to fall before superior technology.
Published 3 months ago by Andrew K. Mull
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a great movie, a little long but worth watching. It is about some of the indigenous tribes of Taiwan and how they dealt with the Japanese take over of Taiwan about a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. St Germain
5.0 out of 5 stars Language
This is a great movie. I purchased it because you listed the language has English. The language is traditional Chinese and cannot be changed to English like other Chinese movies I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Robert A. Desrosiers
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! A hardy mix of Avatar, 300, Apocalypto and America's Native...
We never heard of this film, nor any of its actors or Director. And what a delightful and extraordinary film this was! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mace & Lacey Gannon
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent & sad
EXCELLENT SAD. ONE OF THE BEST. UNBELIEVABLE, MUST READ you must judge for yourself, but I highly recommend it. one two three four five six seven eight. nine!!
Published 5 months ago by Fidel Montalvan
3.0 out of 5 stars Rebellion Against the Imperial Strawman Army
I'll get this part out of the way. Yes, I'm part Japanese, so I watched the movie from a somewhat biased cultural perspective, but I try to be as objective as possible when it... Read more
Published 5 months ago by T. Alex Tajiri
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storytelling
The fight scenes are great. The costumes and portrayal of the indigenous people was enjoyable. The story moved at a good pace.
Published 6 months ago by naware
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic drama, great story telling, excellent cinematography
I was going to watch half of this movie over two nights. I ended up watching 4.5 hrs straight through and stayed up way to late on a week night. Read more
Published 7 months ago by La Croix
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