Ertugrul, launched in 1863, was a sailing frigate of the Ottoman Navy. While returning from a goodwill voyage from Japan in 1890, she encountered a typhoon off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture, subsequently drifted into a reef and sank. The maritime accident resulted in the loss of 533 sailors, including Admiral Ali Osman Pasha. Only sixty-nine sailors and officers survived and returned home later aboard two Japanese corvettes. The event is still commemorated as a foundation stone of Japanese-Turkish friendship. Wikipedia.
First of all, I would like to give some information about Ertugrul and what happened in 1890. Ertugrul was an Ottoman naval ship and her mission was to give the regards of Ottoman Sultan to Japan Emperor. After completing her mission, on the way back home, she was caught by a strong typhoon in the Japan shore and she crashed to the rocks and sank close to an island called Kusimoto.
In fact words written on the poster of the film:"Does it matter where they come from? This is the duty of the humanity" summarize the main theme of the film.
The film is divided into two parts. In the first part, it tells the story of Ertugrul and her crew and in the second part, the ways of Japanese and Turkish people intersect in a hard situation 95 years later.
In general, "Ertugrul 1890" is an emotional film and it mentions about the friendship between Japanese and Turkish people. Though I think that some scenes are a little bit exaggerated, it helps us remember things like helpfulness, faithfulness and brotherhood.
I like some characters in the film very much, especially the Japanese doctor in the village and the Turkish officer. The performance of the cast is good. Also, it was so surprising that the man acted as Turgut Özal (8th President of Turkiye) really looks like him, this made me smile.
Like cultures, the musics of two nations are different from each other and this difference makes the soundtrack of the film distinctive.
In the first half of the film, cuts are edited as one scene to Turkish side and following scene to Japanese side. Personally I like such story telling. As a good way to introduce your characters who are in different places in the same time period, I think this kind of editing keeps the attraction more.
We rarely see co-production of Japanese and Turkish Cinema and as a person who likes emotional films, I can say that "Ertugrul 1890" is a successful co-production.
If you like emotional films based on true events in history, you can spare time for this film.
Overall, it deserves at least 7 rating according to me.
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