Japanese-Cinema-Icon-2Saturday Afternoon at the Japanese Cinema is a monthly event showcasing Japanese movies. The movie and snacks are free courtesy of the MBT Sangha (temple members). Movies are shown each month except when the temple’s Social Hall is scheduled for other activity – so please check our website or call the temple to confirm the date – 312.943.7801.

The featured movie this month is: Kainan 1890 -125 Years Memory with english subtitles

Where: MBT Social Hall
When: July 20, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Suggested Donation: The movie and snacks are free!
Register: Please RSVP so we’ll know how many chairs to set up (email: office@mbtchicago.org or phone: 312.943.7801)

About this movie 

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. Two historical incidents that deepened the friendship between Japan and Turkey are connected in the film: The sinking of the Ertugrul and the evacuation of Japanese nationals from Iran in 1985. By making this film about friendship and compassion, the initiators intended to contribute to world peace.

The film received ten nominations at the 39th Japan Academy Film Prize including Best Film and Best Director for Best Art Direction and Best Sound Recording.

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