I wonder how the numbers would compare between Wushe incident (and other such incidents, such as the Batongguan station incident) and those killed in the "pacification" of the aborigines. I suspect you might reassess your point of view....
I don't follow your logic. If Hitler gassed six million Jews and the British firebombed 100,000 German civilians, does that (by itself) make the British the good guys?
My original point was firstly, that they were both as bad as each other, and secondly, the Seediq's actions guaranteed their own extinction; regardless of the morality of their actions, the result was the complete opposite of what they wanted (i.e., preservation of their tribe and culture), and predictably so. Mauna knew that, but nobody else seemed to. That made it a pretty boring film, because you knew exactly how it was going to play out.
Both the Seediq and the Japanese had incorporated fighting and death into their cultures to a thoroughly unhealthy degree and (it seems to me) in very similar ways. It's a film about people killing each other, nothing more, nothing less. There is no "culture" to learn about, and none that deserves to be preserved, whether in memory, on film, or in reality. I think the movie would have been a lot more interesting if it had taken a broader view; as you say, taking in the entire scope of the 'pacification' of all the aboriginal tribes - which, as I understand it, had cultures and traditions which were markedly different from each other, and probably had very different experiences. Frankly, I don't know
how many the Japanese killed. I've no doubt it was a lot: but the film barely even touches on that. If it had, perhaps I might have been able to identify better with the protagonists.