Green Jail

by HUANG Yin-yu

Grandma HASHIMA is the last person alive to tell the stories of "Green Jail", the most notorious coal mine in imperial Japanese history, where the miners from Japanese colonies were imprisoned before World War II. Grandma HASHIMA now looks back on her life and there is nothing left for her. Will she be able to accept that "this life" is a failure and still face death in a Buddhist way? This film portrays the last years of her life, and the final questions to the mystery of her life.


2015 Pitching du Réel - HEAD - Genève Postproduction Award
2015 Berlinale Talents - Doc Station
2014 CNEX Chinese Doc Forum


Producer: YAMAGAMI Tetsujiro
Total Budget (USD): 200,000
Funding in Place (USD): 105,000
Running Time: 100 mins
Year of Completion: 2018
Director: HUANG Yin-yu


HUANG Yin-yu

HUANG Yin-yu’s Wuguwang N. St. to Taipei (2010) is an anthropological film about Thai labours in Taiwan. Temperature at Nights (2013) is a personal film selected for the international competition of Visions du Réel. In 2015, HUANG founded Moolin Films, Ltd. in Taiwan. Now he’s based in Okinawa, producing a series of documentaries about pre-war immigrants.


YAMAGAMI Tetsujiro

Since 1981, YAMAGAMI Tetsujiro has produced a series of documentaries by TSUCHIMOTO Noriaki which dealt with Minamata disease. He founded Siglo, Ltd. in 1986 and produced over 60 documentaries and 20 fiction films. He has also received various film awards, including a Special Mention at the Hujimoto Awards and a Silver Bear at the Berlinale.