Taiwanese director Wei Te-sheng's "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seedig Bale" is stirring hopes that the island's film industry is set to stage a comeback after two decades of doldrums.
His four-hour epic will be premiered at next month's Venice Film Festival. It is about a 1930 aboriginal uprising against Taiwan's Japanese rulers.
It was 10 years in preparation and has a $24 million budget, which is huge for a Taiwanese film.
Wei paid special tribute Monday to Seedig Bale's aboriginal actors as few of whom had any professional acting experience.
Taiwanese pop star Vivian Hsu who stars in the film said the aboriginals had natural acting ability.