Chris Christodoulou | Japan 2008 | 24 Min. | OmeU
‘The Gaijin’ tells the story of a westerner’s experience in a foreign country. It follows Luke Jonathan Driscoll – an American who has been residing in Japan for nearly 3 years and who makes a living predominantly from English speaking related jobs. The film attempts to contextualize the recent surge of western style weddings in Japan against a backdrop of understanding how westerners negotiate their identity. It also attempts to show how both Japanese and Foreigners use each other as foils to exoticise and remake themselves – thus showing the processes by which people ‘other’ themselves.