Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale is a Taiwanese action film from the director Wei Te-sheng. The film is based on the so-called “Wushe Incident” in Taiwan.
Between 1895 and 1945, Taiwan was a Japanese colony inhabited by a majority of Han Chinese immigrants and remnants of aboriginal tribes who had first settled the land. In 1930, Mouna Rudo, the leader of a Seediq tribe, forged a coalition of Seediq tribal leaders to plot a rebellion against their Japanese colonial overlords. In October of 1930, Rudo and his tribe attacked the Japanese during a national sports day. They killed over 130 Japanese and stole weapons and ammo from various Japanese buildings. The Japanese responded with air strikes and tear gas, which killed over 1,000 Seediq. The governor’s counter-response was so harsh that it actually forced a change in aboriginal policy by the Japanese government, which led to better treatment of aboriginal peoples in other Japanese colonies.
It’s an interesting bit of history that you may not have heard about in any pre-World War II history. Look for Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale in theaters starting on April 27.