The historical Taiwanese epic and recent box office smash hit Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, from Cape No. 7 director Wei Te-sheng, will be released theatrically on Friday, April 27th in New York City and Los Angeles by Well Go USA. The film was produced by iconic action director John Woo, along with Terence Chang & Jimmy Huang, and stars Lin Ching-Tai, Umin Boya, Ando Masanobu, Kawahara Sabu, Vivian Su and Da Ching.
Wei Te-sheng’s action epic 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 the Seediq tribe 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 attach 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 sent in their army to crush the rebellion, using aircraft and poison gas.
Check out the trailer, images and a poster from Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, below.