The Wings of the Takasago Giyutai 高砂的翅膀 at China in the World
2016, 65 minutes, Taiwan and
2016, 65 minutes, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea
Directed by Futuru Tsai 蔡政良
Mandarin 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.