Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, is an intense introduction of Taiwan’s aboriginal people. The film deals with a little explored incident in history. Known as the Wushe Incident, Taiwanese tribal people rose up against their Japanese rulers.
In 1930, unsatisfied with loss of sacred land and treatment under Japanese rule, the Seediq people united and attacked. They executed a fierce mission with spiritual connotations. The attack and its response by the Japanese ended in a sad and bloody historical incident.
The film is the most expensive in Taiwan’s history. It was produced by John Woo and directed by Cape No. 7 director Wei Te-Sheng. The Taiwan version of the film is in two parts, and altogether is 4.5 hours long. The director did this to give the extensive historical detail Taiwanese audiences expect. The international version has been cut to 2.5 hours.