Miki Dezaki is a graduate of the graduate programme in global studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. He worked for the Japan Exchange Teaching Program for five years in Yamanashi and Okinawa before becoming a Buddhist monk in Thailand for one year. He is also known as ‘Medamasensei’ on YouTube, where he has made comedy videos and videos on social issues in Japan. His most notable video is ‘Racism in Japan’, which led to numerous online attacks by Japanese neo-nationalists who attempted to deny the existence of racism and discrimination against Zainichi Koreans (Koreans with permanent residency in Japan) and Burakumin (historical outcasts still discriminated today). ‘Shusenjo’ is his directorial debut.
Scott Sommers is assistant professor at Ming Chuan University in Taipei, Taiwan.