Sound of Sakura

by HUANG Ming-chuan

A group of Taiwanese who were born before World War II still insist on writing poetry and haiku in Japanese language. Director HUANG Ming-chuan has been documenting them for 22 years since 1994. Unlike Korea, another previous colony of Japan, Taiwan retains emotional and cultural ties with Japan even after the War. Over 40 years, these poets and writers get together discreetly under the ban of speaking and publishing in Japanese. More than half a century later, despite aging, they remain using Japanese in the final years of their lives.

This film gathers memories of local Taiwanese who have been ruled by several colonial powers since the Dutch arrived on the island in late 17th century. And the path to obtain their own voice became a long way struggle, and so as the national identity.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Running Time: 93 mins
Year of Completion: 2016
Director: HUANG Ming-chuan

ABOUT DIRECTOR & PRODUCER

HUANG Ming-chuan

HUANG Ming-chuan is a film director based in Taipei, Taiwan. After graduating from the Law School of National Taiwan University, he left for New York, establishing his career in still photography for years. After HUANG’s first independently made narrative feature The Man from Island West, he has been acknowledged as the “forefather of independent film” in Taiwan. Since 2000, he has committed himself to full-time documentary production and has been entitled to numerous acclaimed documentaries on art and literature. His most renowned TV documentary series Avant-Garde Liberation depicts 14 Taiwanese contemporary artists and won the first Taishin Arts Award.