The movie Ertuğrul 1890-a dramatic story of the historical relation between Turkey and Japan-was premiered in Tokyo on Tuesday. The film tells about the rescue of 69 Ottoman sailors who returned to Japan from a benevolent voyage from the frigate “Ottoman”, which sank from an island near Kushimoto. It also shows that 215 Japanese were rescued from Tehran 95 years later by the order of Turkish President Turgut Özal during the 1985 Iran-Iraq War. The film’s premiere was attended by director Mitsutoshi Tanaka and Turkish actors Alikan Yousesoy and Melis. Some Baba Dag, Murat Celesli, Kenan Ace, Turkish officials, and more than 1,000 Japanese spectators. Before the movie was shown, the audience read messages from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Erdogan congratulates the people involved in the film and recalls Ertuğrul, who sent a message of friendship from Sultan Abdulhamid II, the 34th and last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, to send the Japanese emperor Meiji. I did. More than 580 sailors were killed when a frigate was caught in a typhoon off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture and drifted to a coral reef and sank. The entire story has become a milestone in the historic friendship between Turkey and Japan. Last month, Director Tanaka told Anadolu Agency that he had visited Turkey many times during the project stage and exchanged views with locals while staying in Kushimoto to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the frigate disaster. Emphasizing that the film strengthens the friendship between the two countries, Tanaka states: On Monday, a replica of a Turkish Airlines plane named after Kushimoto and a Turkish Airlines plane used for rescue in 1985 landed at an airport near Tokyo before the premiere. The Ertuğrul 1890 will open in a Japanese cinema on Saturday and in Turkey on December 25th.