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Taiwan Panorama / Editors' Choices / Article:Biggest Production in Taiwan Film History-Seediq Bale
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Biggest Production in Taiwan Film History-Seediq Bale
(Teng Sue-feng/tr. by Christopher J. Findler)
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Photo explanation: raising funds internationally for this film will impact the development of future Taiwanese-produced films.  (courtesy of ARS Film Production) Photo explanation: raising funds internationally for this film will impact the development of future Taiwanese-produced films.  (courtesy of ARS Film Production) Photo explanation: raising funds internationally for this film will impact the development of future Taiwanese-produced films.  (courtesy of ARS Film Production)
raising funds internationally for this film will impact the development of future Taiwanese-produced films. (courtesy of ARS Film Production)

Nobody ever imagined that Cape No. 7 would rewrite the history of Taiwanese cinema. But something we can foresee is that Wei Te-sheng's next film Seediq Bale, with its expected price tag of US$10 million (NT$330 million), will have the highest production cost of any locally produced movie over the past half century. So where's the money supposed to come from?

The scene: A beautiful panoramic view of mountains enshrouded by clouds and graced with a gurgling mountain stream. Suddenly, a machete-wielding hunter drops nimbly from a tree, chases down a Japanese soldier and, with one mighty stroke, lops off his head. The stirring narration: "The Japanese outnumber the stones in Zhuoshui River and the trees in the forest, but our determination is more solid than Mt. Qilai!" The Seediq People, who have lived in harmony with the land and their ancestral spirits since time immemorial, are willing to lay down their lives defending their beliefs and dignity, so that they can cross to the other side of the rainbow-the gateway to the land of the spirits of their ancestors.

This five-minute movie trailer has been making the rounds on the Internet for the past five years, but a lack of funds has brought production to a halt. With the success of Cape No. 7, the screenplay for Seediq Bale, put away into a drawer years ago by Wei Te-Sheng, can finally be taken out and dusted off. It's been given a second lease on life.

 
 
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