Screening: Warriors of the Rainbow

Spear, Sword and Machine Gun: The Wushe Incident of 1930
A Taiwanese Action Movie Blockbuster and Ethnographic Representation of the Seediq People

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.

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Dir: Wei Te-Sheng | Taiwan (2011) | 270:00 | English subtitles


Warriors of the Rainbow has, until now, only been shown in a truncated version, the one that appeared at the Toronto Film Festival and then briefly in theatres. This Town Hall screening features the full four-hour version. It will be shown in 35mm. Warriors of the Rainbow is the most famous Taiwan action film since Touch of Zen. It is also super-violent (comparable to Indonesia’s The Raid: Redemption but on an epic scale). The film reflects the extreme brutality that characterized the indigenous Seediq people’s rebellion against the Japanese occupiers of Taiwan, a time when Seediq swords and spears met Japanese rifles and machine guns.

Friday March 1
4:30 – 6:30 pm panel
7:00 pm screening
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Avenue
(at St. George, south of Bloor)


Colin Geddes
(TIFF Midnight Madness Programmer)
Scott Simon
(Professor of Sociology and
Anthropology, University of Ottawa)
Bart Testa
(Professor of Cinema Studies,
University of Toronto)


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Co-sponsored by The Munk School of Global Affairs, the Asian Institute, and the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, CINSSU, the Dr. David Chu program in Asia Pacific Studies and the East Asia Seminar Series.




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