A Japanese director who has filmed several documentaries about Taiwan has said that in addition to recording the country's development, what she saw also made her think about the direction in which Japan is going.
Atsuko Sakai, director of the documentaries "Taiwan jinsei (2009)," "Taiwan Identity (2013)" and "Taiwan Banzai (2017)," said in an interview with CNA last Thursday that her films focus on historical events and attempt to capture the vitality of the Taiwanese people today.
In her films, she focuses on Taiwanese seniors who are fluent in Japanese to better understand the major milestones in Taiwan's history and record the deep connections between the two countries. In Taiwan Banzai, Sakai arrived at Chenggong Fishing Harbor in Taitung to document a retired captain of a fishing boat that specialized in catching swordfish. She recorded him singing Japanese fishermen songs and also footage of him working in the fields.
Men from the indigenous Bunan people also appear in the movie as Sakai follows them into the mountains as they engage in traditional hunting.
Filming Taiwan Banzai, she showcases the spirit of returning to the "origin of things," something she thinks Japan is losing.
Explaining that she can see how Taiwanese family members cherish each other and how Taiwan's indigenous culture respects nature, Sakai said that such things are being lost in Japanese society.
Speaking about her current project, Sakai points out that she is working on a documentary about Taiwan's Orchid Island and feels its relationship with Taiwan proper is similar to that of the Ryukyu Islands and the main islands of Japan.
She also said that she hopes to meet more people working in film in Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel