Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

John Woo presents this action-filled slice of early 20th Century Taiwanese history in which an indigenous rebellion is met with a stern military response from Japanese colonial forces.

Between 1895 and 1945, Taiwan's Mount Chilai was a Japanese colony inhabited not only by a Han Chinese immigrant majority but also by remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the land. In 1930 Mouna Rudo (Lin Ching-Tai), the leader of the Seediq tribe, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal leaders and plotted a violent uprising against their colonial masters. But the Japanese soon sent in their army to crush the rebellion, using aircraft and poison gas in a military counter-attack that came to be known as the Wushe Incident.

2011Rating: R18, contains graphic violence120 minsTaiwanAboriginal Seediq language and Japanese with English subtitles
ActionDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical

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The New York Times

The New York Times

As the war drags on, 'Warriors of the Rainbow' outstays its welcome. I've never seen more severed heads in a film and cared less.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

There's something to be said about a two-and-a-half-hour war epic that manages to make each of its countless decapitation scenes feel earned, even called for, in the moment.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

You can see why Woo, the noted Hong Kong action director, would want to produce it: It fits right in with his "heroic bloodshed" cinematic legacy.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

At two and a half hours, Warriors Of The Rainbow has the shape of something weightier than the simplified good-vs.-evil movie it actually is.

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