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: MA15+120 minsTaiwanAboriginal Seediq language and Japanese with English subtitles
ActionDramaTrue Story & BiographyHistorical

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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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.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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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.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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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.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

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.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

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.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

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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