Levy Hideo (1950-) is the first Westerner to write novels full-time in Japanese. Homeland in the Borderland follows Levy as he returns to Taichung, Taiwan, for the first time in half a century. Prompted by an invitation to speak at Taichung’s Tunghai University, he makes the journey accompanied by poet Keijiro Suga, producer of the film, and Wen Yuju, former pupil and fellow author (herself a Taiwan-national writing in Japanese). Keiko Ōkawa’s camera captures Levy without reserve as he dares to step into the space he once called “home”, at times fumbling uneasily, at times a joyous child reborn.
Directed by Keiko Okawa.
For more information please see the film's webpage (Japanese).
Sponsored by the UW Japan Studies Program and Japan Faculty of the Humanities and Arts. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.