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Thankfully, Taiwan’s costliest ever film was cut down to edible size in time for Filmfest. The original version clocked in at a terrifying 276 minutes—in that time, you could watch half a season of Game of Thrones!—while this abridged one is a more tolerable 150. Based on the Wushe Incident, the last major uprising against colonial Japanese forces in Taiwan, this John Woo-produced action epic took director Wei Te-Sheng nearly 15 years to release—and all that work means it’s authentic to a fault. (Wei used amateur actors from the region to achieve that realistic feel, and occasionally, it’s a glaring distraction.) This is the gist: Warriors of the Rainbow tracks Seediq leader Mouna Rudo, who in 1930 decides to mount a doomed attack against the occupying Japanese for suppressing the aboriginal culture. The scenes that follow are bloody, violent, and anything but subtle: It’s two-and-a-half hours of beheadings, and it will wear you down. But things could be worse—and a lot longer.