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Movie trailer: Seediq Bale

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2 September 2011 11:28

Reader David has responded to my call for tips about the latest Asian cinema, directing me to a trailer for a new Taiwanese war epic, Seediq Bale. Here's part of the synopsis from the official website. And, a warning: the trailer is not for the squeamish.

Wei Te-Sheng’s epic film WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE reclaims an extraordinary episode from 20th-century history which is little-known even in Taiwan. Between 1895 and 1945, the island was a Japanese colony inhabited not only by the majority (Han Chinese immigrants) but also by the remnants of the aboriginal tribes who first settled the mountainous land. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of one of the Seediq tribes settled on and around Mount Chilai, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal leaders and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. It was to begin at a sports day meeting where the assembled tribesmen were to attack and kill the Japanese officials and would then broaden to sieges on police stations and local government offices in the region. The initial uprising took the Japanese by surprise and was almost entirely successful. But the Japanese soon sent in their army to crush the rebellion, using aircraft and poison gas.

The film will air in two parts in Taiwan and Hong Kong, with part one opening on 9 September; Western audiences will get a shorter version. More interesting background here from the WSJ.