25 Sep '11, 8am

Taiwan's aboriginal epic breaks new ground

Taiwan's aboriginal epic breaks new ground

TAIPEI - Taiwanese director Wei Te-sheng knows how to break records. His very first feature film was Taiwan's biggest ever blockbuster, while his second, now in theatres, is the island's most expensive production and looks set to top his own box office record. Wei, 42, shot to fame in Taiwan after his romantic movie "Cape No. 7" beat all the odds to become a critical and commercial success in 2008, at a time when the island's flagging film industry was hit by a recession. He wasted no time and jumped right into his next ambitious project "Seediq Bale", based on the true story of Taiwan's indigenous headhunters fighting against Japanese colonial forces in the 1930s. "This is something I have always wanted to do since I first read a comic on the subject. I felt hot-blooded when I saw the history, the rebellion, and the ugly and contradictory side of humanity," Wei told AFP. ...

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