Continuing my "Elderly At the Movies" series, featuring films I must pick up when I'm not constantly being distracted by video games.
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale is a 2011 Taiwanese historical drama, directed by Wei Te-Sheng and produced by John Woo, based on Wushe Incident in central Taiwan in 1930.
The most expensive production in Taiwanese cinema history. The film is divided into two parts part 1 titled "The Flag of Sun" part 2 "The Bridge of Rainbow" for a total running time of up to four and half hours.
NOTE European audiences are having a hard time finding the full boxset, The offerings at present on localized Amazon, HMV and Zavvi sites, are not the full 4+ hour version. Always check the running time before purchase!!!!
What it says on the Tin:
"Some eighty years ago, in the mountains of Taiwan, two races clashed in defense of their faiths. One race believed in rainbows, the other believed in the sun. Neither side realized that they both believed in the same sky."
Quote of the Bunch:"..one wishes the results were less kitschy and more coherent; still, the filmmaking has a raw physicality and crazy conviction it's hard not to admire." Slant Magazine
Spectacular rain forest combat scenes are non-stop in an authentic-feeling actioner.
The pacing of Warriors of the Rainbow is clumsy, its battle scenes chaotic and its computer effects cheesy.
Taiwan's "Braveheart," with a nod to "The Last of the Mohicans."
It's not clear what is valued more - endless preaching about ancestral spirits or gruesome CG decapitations.
Has the shape of something weightier than the simplified good-vs.-evil movie it actually is.
A bruising, relentless experience, one more tiring than inspiring.
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