Cast members of the Taiwanese film Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale were enthusiastically applauded when the blockbuster premiered in Beijing on Sunday. The cast wore traditional Aboriginal attire for the screening.
Director Wei Te-sheng (魏德聖) said it was not easy for the film crew to produce the movie nor get it screened in China, but he expressed hope that the film would allow Chinese audiences to understand the history of Taiwanese Aborigines and their struggle against oppression.
Asked about his expectations for the box office earnings, Wei said he was unfamiliar with the Chinese market, but “the more the better.”
Pirated copies of the film are already circulating in China, although the film will not hit Chinese movie theaters until Thursday.
Wei urged Chinese moviegoers to see the film at cinemas rather than at home to best enjoy the film’s visual and audio effects.
Audiences would see only “a simple story” if they chose to watch it at home, he said.
Responding to questions about his use of non-professional actors in the movie, Wei said using unfamiliar faces helps convince audiences that the actors and actresses on the screen are “just like the people they portray in the movie,” an effect that could not have been achieved by casting famous movie stars.