I already love watching subtitled films, one of my favourite being Apocolypto, so I was over the moon when i discovered this film, similiarly about indigenous people. The film was Taiwan’s official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 84th Academy Awards 2012.
During the Japanese rule of taiwan, the Seediq were forced to lose their own culture and give up their faith. Men were subject to harsh labor and kept from traditional hunting; whereas women had to serve the Japanese policemen and their families by doing the household work and giving up their traditional weaving work. Above all, they were forbidden to tattoo their faces. And these tattoos were seen as the Seediq’s traditional belief to transform themselves into Seediq Bale (“true humans”).
Prepare before watching, the film in total is a hefty 276 minutes split into parts, but full of beautiful imagery and passion