Nizami Cinema Center hosts gala of "Ertugrul,1890" film

By Laman Ismayilova

Baku’s Nizami Cinema Center hosted a gala-night of the film "Ertugrul,1890", directed by Mitsutoshi Tanaka on March 25.

The full-length film’s gala was dedicated to the 125th anniversary of friendship between Turkey and Japan, Trend Life reports.

The event was attended by representatives of art, science, cultural community and diplomats.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Turkey’s deputy ambassador to Baku Meral Barlas and Japanese Ambassador to Azerbaijan Tsuguo Takahashi named the film as a symbol of strong friendship and mutual help between the two nations.

The storyline of the films is as following: in 1889 Ottoman navy ship called "Ertugrul" paid a goodwill visit to the Imperial Japan. On the way back "Ertugrul" encountered a typhoon off the coast of Japan, subsequently drifted into a reef and sank.

The accident resulted in the loss of 533 sailors. Only sixty-nine sailors and officers could be rescued thanks to the efforts of the Japanese fishermen, who did not hesitate to risk their own lives.

Later, during the war between Iraq and Iran in 1985, 215 Japanese citizens have been stuck in Tehran. The Japanese government had no time to send a rescue flight to for these Japanese people.

Just before the air strike started, when the Japanese embassy in Tehran had asked the help of Turkish government, Turkish Airlines had been sent to Tehran with a volunteer crew who had highly risked own lives to rescue the Japanese citizens.

The film's main stars are Turkish actor Kenan Ece and Japanese actress Shiori Kutsuna. The producers of the film are Emrah Gamsizoglu, Teiji Ozawa and Oguz Peri.


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