The Wings of the Takasago Giyutai 高砂的翅膀

2016, 65 minutes, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea
Directed by Futuru Tsai 蔡政良
Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese and English with English subtitles

The Amis tribe of east coast Taiwan have a traditional belief that the spirits of their dead return home by adopting the wings of a bird. During World War II, many indigenous Taiwanese lost their lives fighting for Japan in the Pacific, and their spirits often struggled to return. The Wings of the Takasago Giyutai, the latest documentary by anthropologist and filmmaker Futuru Tsai, follows the descendants of some of these soldiers as they help spirits find their way home. Tsai accompanies the group to Papua New Guinea to document this exceptional spiritual journey.

The screening will be followed by a short informal discussion with CIW Postdoc Craig Smith.

This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Seven: Polyphonic Asia, presented by the Australian Centre on China in the World.