Tukana: Husait I Asua? (Tukana: Who Is to Blame?)
Albert Toro’s greatest legacy would be the 1983 comedy drama ‘Tukana: Husait I Asua?’ which was written by Toro, directed by Chris Owen and Toro, and starred Toro himself as Tukana, Francesa Semoso as Lucy and Regina Talsa as Josephine.
The plot of the film centres on Tukana who drops out from University and returns to his village in Buka passage, Bougainville.
His parents arrange for him to marry Josephine, a school teacher, and settle down. However, he secretly slips away to join the Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) in Paunguna as a driver.
This film is pretty simple and explores the social issues and changes happening within Papua New Guinea. This is seen in Tukana’s attitude toward village life as he lazes off all day; a reflection of many young people these days.
He is also ignorant and disrespectful of authority especially his parents whom he believes are ignorant of the Western ways. However, the tone is not all that serious.
Owen and Toro include some humor with the scenes like when Tukana over sleeps on board a flight after a night of drinking and misses his port and Lucy’s reference to her boyfriend’s fist covering his face. However, not veering too much to comedy, the film maintains its direct outlook on social issues.
The film is in Tok Pisin. However, don’t let that deter you, there are subtitles in English. And if you are a Papua New Guinean, this is a must see as it set a milestone for film making in the country.