Wings for Takasago Giyutai


This is a story about the descendants of Takasago Giyutai (Taiwan Indigenous volunteer units during the Pacific War) went back to the battle field of the Pacific War in Papua New Guinea following the footsteps of their grandfathers, and made a monument based on a legend of ‘Amis people who believe the soul would return home by taking the wings of a certain kind of bird. The monument was build up at the Mission Hill in Wewak, where was a Japanese naval base during the War, there are two monuments, one of them was set up by the Japanese in 1969 and the other one was build up by the Australians afterwards. A monument is not only a way to memory the history, but also a cultural representation on the spiritual world, questioning that “do you believe the soul really have returned home by taking the wings?”


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65 minutes


HD, Color

Previous Screenings

Friday, October 1, 2021 / 18:00 2021 Schedule
Thursday, April 7, 2022 / 10:00 2022 Screening Schedule – TAOYUAN
Friday, April 22, 2022 / 19:30 2022 Screening Schedule – TAICHUNG
Saturday, April 23, 2022 / 10:00 2022 Screening Schedule – PINGTUNG
Friday, April 29, 2022 / 19:30 2022 Screening Schedule – TAICHUNG
Saturday, April 30, 2022 / 11:00 2022 Screening Schedule – HUALIEN
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 / 19:00 2022 Screening Schedule – TAOYUAN
Saturday, May 28, 2022 / 18:00 2022 Screening Schedule – HSINCHU
Saturday, June 4, 2022 / 14:30 2022 Screening Schedule – KAOHSIUNG
Thursday, June 30, 2022 / 19:00 2022 Screening Schedule – TAINAN


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Futuru C.L. Tsai

Futuru C.L. Tsai was born in 1971 and he is an Anthropologist and an assistant professor at National Taitung University in east cost of Taiwan. Futuru is also an ethnographic filmmaker who has been producing over 5 documentaries focusing on Taiwan Indigenous Peoples. One of his documentaries “Amis Hip Hop”(2005, 47 minutes) had won the David Plath Media Award in 2005. Currently he has also been the Director of Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival since 2011.