Historical epic film gets rare honor in Taiwan

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Posted: Sep 02, 2011 11:09 PM
Historical epic film gets rare honor in Taiwan

Taiwanese director Wei Te-sheng will lead scores of aboriginal actors to attend a gala premiere in Taipei of his historical epic "Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale."

The epic about a 1930 aboriginal uprising against Taiwan's Japanese rulers is currently up for best feature film at the Venice Film Festival.

The Taipei premiere will be held Sunday at a square facing the Presidential Office Building in honor of the island's first epic film production in decades.

Speaking to reporters in Venice on Friday, Wei said the film's nomination shows "arts and culture can have a greater power than politics."

The comments are seen as a mild criticism over the Venice festival's listing of the film as coming from Taiwan, China _ a reference that makes the self-governed, democratic island seem like it comes under Beijing's rule.