Filmhuis Den Haag

Spui 191, Den Haag


12 December - Film: On The Track Of Robert van Gulik

On The Track Of Robert van Gulik is a documentary quest about one of the most read Dutch writers in the world, Robert van Gulik (1910-1967). This diplomat, author and scholar was a highly versatile man and a connoisseur of Japanese and Chinese languages and cultures. He owes his fame to his detective fiction starring Judge Dee. The filmmaker Rob Rombout follows in his footsteps to discover the author’s legacy in his diaries, the people he inspired and the witnesses to his life. During Rombout’s years-long travels through the Netherlands, Indonesia, Japan, the U.S. and China he located many of van Gulik’s contemporaries and devotees of both Judge Dee and van Gulik: people whose lives changed after entering his universe. These are unique people who emulate the writer, the scholar and the diplomat.


Made possible with the kind support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Chinese Embassy in the Netherlands, Leiden Asia Year, The Van Gulik Family, Het Springergenootschap, DEE Projects and Filmhuis Den Haag.