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'Seediq Bale' movie debuts in London

2012/04/15 19:37:49

London, April 14 (CNA) The Taiwanese epic film "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale" was screened in London on Saturday evening before an audience of 300, who broke into loud applause at the end of the film.

The edited 2.5 hour film depicting the Sediq tribe's revolt against Japanese rule in the 1930s in central Taiwan was viewed as part of the Far East Film Festival at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. The 300-seat theater was packed with moviegoers.

Following the movie, some members of the British audience told CNA that they were sorry for the hardships endured by the Sediq tribe. They also thought some of the bloodshed portrayed in the film was frightening to watch.

Taiwan representative to the United Kingdom, Shen Lyu-shun, introduced the film, explaining to audiences the historical background of the story. Leading actor Yu Da-ching, as young Mouna Rudo, was also at the film festival to thank local British fans for their support.

Festival Director Joey Leung told CNA that Seediq Bale is a highly-anticipated film for local Asian movie fans, adding that tickets to the film sold quickly.

Actor Yu said that Taiwanese director Wei Te-sheng was busy promoting the film in China and could not attend the film fest in London.

During a question and answer session after the film was viewed, Yu, who is, himself, an Atayal tribe native, told the audience that when he wore the tribal warrior costume in the film, he felt attached to his ancestors' spirit.

One of the most difficult scenes to shoot was when he was tied to a steel rope so he could safely cross a rapidly moving river, he said.

Yu, a truck driver-turned-movie actor, said his taking part in the film made him feel as if he had "won a lottery."

The NT$700-million (US$23.71 million) film, which garnered six awards at this year's Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, was well-received in Taiwan, taking in NT$23 million when it debuted on Sept. 9, 2011, the most ever recorded on opening day for a Taiwanese film.

"Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale" has also been well-received in the international community. Film distributors in many countries, including Australia, France, New Zealand, the U.K. and the United States, have purchased the movie rights.

(By Jennifer Huang and Ann Chen)