After the 1894 Sino-Japanese War, the Qing government ceded Taiwan to Japan. Japanese colonial troops landed on the north coast and swept southward, meeting no resistance until reaching Miaoli’s Hakka villages. Three Hakka youths—Wu Tangxing, Jiang Shaozu, and Xu Xiang—organized a militia to fight a...(Read more)
After the 1894 Sino-Japanese War, the Qing government ceded Taiwan to Japan. Japanese colonial troops landed on the north coast and swept southward, meeting no resistance until reaching Miaoli’s Hakka villages. Three Hakka youths—Wu Tangxing, Jiang Shaozu, and Xu Xiang—organized a militia to fight against the Japanese and protect their homeland. This was the biggest war ever fought in Taiwan’s history, and the Japanese army had no choice but to send in reinforcements and launch indiscriminate attacks. The resistance retreated to Baguashan, central Taiwan, and ultimately tragically lost the war there.
Blue Brave is a Hakka epic that sought to build on the success of Cape No. 7 (2008) and paved the way for Seediq Bale (2011). Adopting a particular year as part of the film title shows its attempt to reintroduce history. 1895 was a solemn year, when Japan established its colonial regime in Taiwan. However, the relationship between Taiwan and Japan is so complicated that it is impossible to represent it as a dichotomy of good vs. evil. Paradoxically and in parallel, this epic is told from two perspectives. One is the perspective of the Hakka resistance against Japanese invasion. The other comes from Mori Ogai, a master of modern Japanese literature and at that time a medical officer with the colonial forces. In this film, he offers his anti-war beliefs and humanistic reflections on Japan’s imperialism. As to the English title, Blue Brave, it refers to the color of the traditional costume of Hakka women. One official poster shows a Hakka woman’s back in such a blue dress. The men stand at the front as heroes, while the women provide essential support from the back, the relatively unsung heroines.
|DVD source：||R.O.C. Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|Taiwan Academies, Ministry of Culture, R.O.C. please contact Embassies, Representative Offices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C.|
|Language：||Mandarin, Hakka, Taiwanese, Japanese|
|Subtitle：||English, Japanese, French, Spanish, German|
|Actors：||YANG Chin-Hua, WEN Sheng-Hao, TANG Mei-Yun, CHANG Shu-Hao, Akira HIBINO|
|Music：||Jeffrey CHENG, Deon LEE|
Green Film Production
2008 Kaohsiung Film Festival
2009 Taipei Film Festival