By Mitsutoshi TANAKA

TOEI COMPANY, LTD. - as SALES All rights, World

Historical - Completed 2015

Japan-Turkey friendship co-production. During the Iran-Iraqi War, Turkish saved Japanese, but even no Japanese understood why. It actually derived from the incident 95 years ago.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Historical, Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 5 - 10 M$
    • Director(s)
    • Mitsutoshi TANAKA
    • Writer(s)
    • Eriko KOMATSU
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • In 1890, Dr. Tamura’s kindness in caring for his patients is winning him the trust of Kashino, a poor village on the island of Kii-Oshima in Wakayama Prefecture (now part of the municipality of Kushimoto). Assisting him is Haru, who the shock of losing her fiancé to drowning has left mute. In September of that year the Ottoman frigate Ertuğrul, on its way home after paying a courtesy visit to the Emperor of Japan, is driven aground in a typhoon and wrecked in the Pacific Ocean off Cape Kashino. Hearing the alarm bell that warns of a vessel in distress, the villagers rush to the shore, to be confronted there with the grisly spectacle of vast numbers of dead and dying. They rescue who they can, while Tamura and Haru go to work treating the injured. Mustafa, the 2nd Engineering Officer, has stopped breathing, but Haru pushes desperately on his chest and he comes around. The next morning, there are 69 survivors from a crew of 618. Feeling guilty that he has been spared when so many others have not, Mustafa blows up over any number of trifles. Tamura, as the only person in the village who speaks English, bears the brunt of his anger, and eventually shows him how the villagers are carefully cleaning and polishing the personal items they have salvaged from the wreck so that Mustafa can take them back to the families of the crew. Mustafa is deeply moved by the kindness the Japanese show him.

      In 1985, during the Iran-Iraq war, a Turkish embassy official named Murat encounters Harumi, a teacher at a Japanese school, during a bombing raid in Tehran. Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi leader, declares that in 48 hours his air force will shoot down any aircraft encountered over Iranian air space. Japanese Ambassador Nomura requests rescue flights from Japan, but is told that a quick response is not possible. Meanwhile rescue flights from other nations are arriving, leaving only the Japanese stranded. Kimura, an automotive engineer posted to Tehran, has given up trying to get himself and his family out. Harumi, though, wants to save her students, and prevails upon Nomura to ask the Turkish ambassador to arrange a flight. Ozal, the Turkish Prime Minister, agrees, but by now the Tehran airport is full of not only Japanese but Turks trying to find a flight home. Kimura and the other Japanese have all but given up hope of getting onto a flight when Murat begins to speak about the kindness Japanese villagers once showed to Turkish sailors shipwrecked very far from their homes...