Cultural experience is not exactly the best way to describe this foreign exchange. In a bumpy road trip movie to the great Canadian north, this mismatch pair inevitably collides when faced with the realities of nature.
Yaskuki Mukai is a recent Tokyo Film School graduate and awkwardly aspiring comedian with little to offer. Rather than taking his guidance counselor’s advice to go home, he signs up for his first taste of the world outside Japan, a Japanese/Canadian homestay programme.
In Vancouver, making her first appearance on stage with her brassy vocals and fresh political satire, we meet Skeena Reece a multi-talented Tsimshian/Cree performer. Looking for a passive summer income, Skeena thinks that hosting a foreigner will be fun. not really realizing her situation, she is more than unprepared for what’s to come.
Just as Yasuki is due to arrive, Skeena finds out that her stepdad wants a little privacy for a romantic guest. Lacking a place to stay, Skeena decides she wants to go back to her ancestral lands and live off the land. Dragging dazed Yasuki across the province, picking up hitchhikers, going to strange bars, and eventually camping in the most desolate of islands, they get themselves in terribly laughable compromises that ultimately would bring anyone to their limits. Playing in between fiction and reality, this is Barbour and Olson’s second pseudo-doc that draws on a collaborative process between the subjects/actors and directors.
– Heather Keung
Ian Kenji Barbour, Joshua Yuji Olson
Ian Kenji Barbour graduated from the UBC film program in 1998. Barbour’s last short, Astronaut, is a story about three young Taiwanese men living in Vancouver.
Joshua Yuji Olson is a multi-disciplinary artist. He is currently working on Attila, a touring show funded by La Moitie Pleine Paris scheduled to show in Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Slovenia, and Turkey. Barbour and Olson are both half Japanese Canadians living in Vancouver. Homestay is their first feature.