Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale [Blu-ray]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Japan took possession of Taiwan from China when it was ceded to them after China’s Qing Dynasty lost the first Sino Japanese war of 1884 – 1885 and we first pick the story up... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tommy Dooley
This fascinating, sometimes brutal, rendition of events that occurred on Taiwan during the period of Japanese occupation is eerily relevant to current activities in the Middle East... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Roland Moswick
This movie is awesome if your interested in a historic view with some serious action. Loved itPublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
A truly fantastic story, the acting really keeps you gripped and it is a film which is right up there with other historical bios, Schindlers list or killing fields springs to mind. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent recreation of the tale of Seediq Bale. It's a bit too long, better editing could have helped to shorten the movie and make it flow better and more directly to the point. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Tang
A great foreign film which captures the Taiwanese aborigines revolt in the early twentieth century!Published 4 months ago by Mark A Anderson
Very good movie that shows old culture meeting modern with resistance. My family history is from the Philippines and I picture their history with Spain being much the same.Published 4 months ago by Joseph A.
good movie, subtitles move a little to fast, stop and hold to read, or I should take a speed reading coursePublished 4 months ago by Allan A. Cimino
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