Set in 1930’s Formosa – now Taiwan – Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale tells the true story of the Wushe Incident in which aboriginal Seediq tribe warrior Mouna Rudo led his people to rebel against the Japanese occupation. Rudo’s men of 300 fought with ancient gun, spears and minimal weaponry and seeking to reclaim their land, their dignity and their honor, they took on the Japanese army of 3000 for two weeks. –Fortissimo Films
150m version. Epic, bloodthirsty, mesmerizing and larger than life tale plunging us into 30's Taiwan when the Seediq warriors rebelled against the Japanese after twenty five years of rule. Like one long take of carnage that one eventually finds one becoming numb to it. Look forward to seeing the 5 hour plus cut at some point. A history lesson one doesn't learn in schools. Lin Ching-Tai amazing as clan leader.
On one hand, condensing two films into one makes the abbreviated version feel chaotic and at times incoherent, a feeling that is heightened by the choppy editing. At the same time, I saw enough here in the shortened cut that I don't think I'd want to experience two full-length films of this story. "Seediq Bale" makes humanity seem like a futile effort - a nonstop montage of war, suicide, beheadings, and slaughter.
Tsui Hark’s Flying Swords of Dragon Gate leads with seven, followed by Flowers of War and Seediq Bale, with six each.
Also: Reitman’s Young Adult. Masters of Cinema’s Touch of Evil Blu-ray. Teaser for Miike’s Ai To Makoto.
Also: The International Black Film Festival of Nashville and remembering Diane Cilento.
Might the 4½-hour version now playing in Taiwan “feel” shorter than the 2½-hour cut screened in Venice and Toronto?