Japanese Turkish Blockbuster Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory

Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory

The Republic of Turkey straddles Asia and Europe. Relations between Japan and this nation, once the vast Ottoman Empire, have a long history, with 2015 marking its 125th anniversary. This motion picture reflects those deep ties in the story of two actual historical incidents. In both cases, the Japanese 125 years ago and the Turks 30 years ago, people in a difficult situation were offered help, with no thought of reward, for the simple reason that they needed it. The courage and sincerity shown in these two real-life dramas now come to the screen in a large-scale international co-production made with the comprehensive support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the Government of the Republic of Turkey.
The film comprises two episodes: the wreck of the Turkish frigate Ertuğrul in 1890, and the evacuation of Japanese nationals from Tehran in 1985. The Ertuğrul episode stars Seiyo Uchino as Tamura, the doctor who treats the shipwreck survivors, who personifies the bold yet sympathetic global outlook of a time in which Japan had only recently opened itself to the outside world. The Turkish actor Kenan Ece plays two roles: Mustafa, the Turkish officer who survives the wreck and is moved by the kindness shown by his Japanese rescuers, and Murat, who comes to the assistance of the Japanese in the Tehran episode. Shioli Kutsuna is featured as Haru, left mute by the shock of her fiancé’s drowning, but who still functions as Tamura’s faithful assistant.
Directing is Mitsutoshi Tanaka, whose Ask This Of Rikyu won the Best Artistic Contribution Award at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival. The long tradition of Toei Kyoto Studios vouches for the high level of technical expertise of its staff, and they have joined with Böcek Yapım, Turkey’s premier production house, to produce a film of stunning visual images.
Separated by 9,000 kilometers, the people of Japan and Turkey have fostered deep ties of friendship. In a time when people all over the world are growing steadily more suspicious of other nations over politics, economics, and religion, this is an epic of hope demonstrating how fellow-feeling between one person and another can bring about a miracle.

Japanese Turkish Blockbuster Kainan 1890
Japanese Turkish Blockbuster Kainan 1890
Ertuğrul Fırkateyni
Ertugrul Firkateyni
Frigate Ertuğrul
Frigate Ertugrul
Ertuğrul Fırkateyni
Ertuğrul Fırkateyni

Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory

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 Turkish 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 President, 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. Turgut Özal, 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...

Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory

内野聖陽 Seiyo Uchino A doctor, living in the village of Kashino, on the island of Kii Oshima (now part of the town of Kushimoto) in Wakayama Prefecture. Originally a samurai of the Kishu Domain, he is thus a skilled swordsman. A friend of many years to the naval officer Fujimoto. He provides free medical care to the residents of this poor fishing village, who are as a result very fond of him. He speaks good English, and is well versed in world affairs.
ケナン・エジェ Kenan Ece Mustafa: A Lieutenant on the Turkish frigate Ertuğrul. He is the son of a prominent family whose father was a senior naval officer.
Murat: A member of the staff of the Turkish Embassy, he encounters Harumi after Tehran is attacked, and throws himself into helping with the evacuation of Japanese nationals.

忽那汐里 Shioli Kutsuna Haru: A woman from the village of Kashino. Left mute from the shock of her fiancé’s death by drowning, she serves Dr. Tamura as his assistant.
Harumi: A teacher at a Japanese school in Tehran who goes to the Japanese embassy for help in evacuating Japanese nationals.
アリジャン・ユジェソ Alican Yücesoy A non-commissioned officer in charge of the Ertuğrul boiler room. Highly respected by his men, he is also a skilled wrestler who bonds with Mustafa after the two of them fight to a draw. His wife has a son while he is at sea, and he is eagerly anticipating his return home.

夏川結衣 The most popular courtesan in the Kii Oshima island brothel. A fine dancer.
永島敏行 The Japanese ambassador to Iran. He searches desperately for a way to evacuate Japanese nationals there.
小澤征悦 A Japanese naval officer, and close friend of Tamura. Concerned about his friend, he comes to Kii Oshima island for a visit.

宅間孝行 An engineer working on a development program in Iran, to where he has come with his wife and young son.
大東駿介 A fisherman from Kii Oshima island. Young and vigorous.
渡部豪太 A fisherman from Kii Oshima island. Close friend of Shintaro.

徳井優 A resident of Kashino village on Kii Oshima island. Somewhat henpecked.
小林綾子 A resident of Kashino village on Kii Oshima island. Heiji’s domineering wife.
螢雪次朗 Principal of the Japanese school in Tehran.

かたせ梨乃 Madam of the brothel on Kii Oshima island.
竹中直人 A doctor on Kii Oshima island. He spends most of his time in drunken melancholy at the brothel.
笹野高史 Mayor of the village on Kii Oshima island. Devotes himself to organizing the islanders’ response to the shipwreck.

Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory


Kainan 1890 Director Mitsutoshi Tanaka

Born in 1958 in Hokkaido, Mitsutoshi Tanaka has won many awards directing television commercials, including the All Japan Radio & Television Commercial Confederation (ACC) and the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association Awards. He directed his first theatrical feature, “KEWAİSHİ”, in 2001, while “THE BOAT TO HEAVEN” (2003) won a citation from the Directors Guild of Japan. “ASK THIS OF RİKYU” (2013) won Best Artistic Contribution from the Montreal World Festival, and was nominated in nine categories for the Award of the Japan Academy. “KAİNAN 1890 - 125 YEARS MEMORY” (2015) was nominated for Japan Academy Awards in ten categories, including Best Film and Best Director, and won the awards for Best Sound and Best Art Direction. Other titles include “CASTLE UNDER FIERY SKIES” (2009) and “BLOSSOMS BLOOM” (2014).

脚本 小松江里子 Born in Osaka Prefecture, Eriko Komatsu made her debut with the TBS TV drama “SOTSUGYO” in 1990. Since then she has been active in television drama, with hits including “SECOND CHANCE” (1995), “WAKABA NO KORO” (1996), “AO NO JİDAİ” (1998), “SUMMER SNOW” (2000), “BROTHER☆BEAT” (2005), and “OİSHİİ PUROPOZU” (2006) for TBS, as well as the morning serial “ALL IS FINE” (2007), the Sunday night costume dramas “HEART OF A SAMURAI” (2009) and the “Meiji” episodes of “ARDENT FLOWER” (2015), and the Thursday night drama “KABUKİMONO KEİJİ” (2015) for NHK. Her “BEHIND THE NOREN” (Tokai Terebi, 2014) series is being aired currently in Southeast Asia and Africa as part of a Japanese government cultural promotion program. “HEART OF A SAMURAI” received a 2008 Hashida Award for contribution to broadcast culture, the 2010 ABU Award for television drama, and the All Nippon Producers Association TV Guide Award in 2010. Her film work includes “ASK THIS OF RİKYU” (2013) and “BLOSSOMS BLOOM” (2014).
音楽 大島ミチル Born in Nagasaki Prefecture, Michiru Oshima began her career as a composer and arranger while studying composition at the Kunitachi College of Music. Active in motion pictures, commercials, television, animation, and such other fields as events and facilities, she won the Mainichi Film Award for Best Music with “LOST PARADISE” (1997), and the Best Music Score Award of the Japan Academy for “BİZAN” (2007). Of the major films for which she has written music, “NAGASAKİ BURA BURA BUSHİ” (2000), “Hİ WA MATA NOBORU”, “COPYCAT KILLER” (both 2002), “LIKE ASHURA” (2003), “YEAR ONE IN THE NORTH” (2005), and “MEMORIES OF TOMORROW” (2006) were all nominated for Japan Academy Awards. “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST THE MOVIE: CONQUEROR OF SHAMBALLA” won the 2006 Tokyo Anime Award for Best Music. More recent projects include “THE MAMİYA BROTHERS” (2006), “TSUBAKİ SANJURO” (2007), “IT’S ON ME” (2009), “ABACUS AND SWORD” (2010), and “TAKE THE A TRAIN” (2012).
撮影 永田鉄男 Tetsuo Nagata was born in Nagano, Japan. He moved to Tokyo, continued his studies and immediately became interested in cinema, especially French cinema, and organized a Cinema Club at the Franco-Japanese Institute in Tokyo. In 1972 he left for France to study Cinema at the University of Paris VIII. In 1975 he returned to Japan and worked as an Assistant Operator with the Director of Photography Hiroshi Segawa ("WOMAN IN THE DUNES", directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara) on several films. This experience led him to work with Toho and Toei Studios.
In 1982 he decided to move back to Paris, where he met Riccardo Aronovitch and became his assistant. In 1988 he decide to launch himself as a Director of Photography. Until 1995 Nagata worked mainly on advertising films, music videos and short films collaborating with many Directors: Jan Kounen, Jean Paul Rappeneau, Jean Pierre Jeunet and others.
“STAND BY” was his first feature film in France (Best Film at the World Festival in Montreal, Grand Prize in Kiev), and then he met Francois Dupeyron and with him made two films: “C’EST QUOI LA VIE” (Grand Prize, San Sébastien) and “LA CHAMBRE DES OFFICIERS”. For the second one he received a Cesar in 2002 for best Cinematography. From that point on, his career was spent between France and other countries working with international Directors. In 2008 Nagata won his second Cesar for best Cinematography for the movie “LA VIE EN ROSE”, directed by Olivier Dahan. In Japan he worked on the movie “UNTIL THE LIGHTS COME BACK” with Director Takashi Minamoto and “LEONIE” with Director Hisako Matsui.

Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory

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Visual Effects

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Making of

Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory


Ertuğrul Türküsü
"Ertuğrul Song" by Kubat

Opening Screening in Tokyo (MAiDiGiTV)

Kushimoto: Kii Oshima Island & Hashigui Rocks (L Design)

"Heart to Heart" - A Japanese Turkish Love Story (Sadahira Lab.)


Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory
Blu-ray & DVD

KAİNAN 1890 Novel by Mika Toyoda


Can Akalın · Kainan 1890 A Tale of Two Countries Bound by Tragedy and Heroism
"A Tale of Two Countries Bound by Tragedy and Heroism"
(Nikkei Voice)

Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory
KAİNAN 1890 News by Toei

Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory
KAİNAN 1890 Special Page by Pia Kansai


Film Director Mitsutoshi Tanaka

Creators' Union
Creators' Union


Böcek Yapım
Böcek Yapım

Ertuğrul Dünyada Barışa
NPO Ertuğrul Saves the World

Kushimoto Turkish Cultural Association

Kushimoto Tourism Association

Kainan 1890 · 125 Years Memory