Heroic Pioneers (1987)

Run Time - 110 min.  |   Countries - Taiwan  |  
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The 17th-century settlement of Taiwan's remotest inland regions by Chinese bent on cooperation with the native population is the theme of this musical and martial arts drama. In the story, the kindly and very efficient Chinese settlers are distrusted by the natives until they show that they are able and willing to cure an outbreak of plague. The daughter of the native Taiwanese chief has her own peace plan for the region, which involves finding the most eligible Chinese bachelor and marrying him. Anachronisms and the consistently upbeat message of this film provoked some unintended laughter among audiences of this Chinese "Western."