125 Years Memory

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125 Years Memory
125 Years Memory poster.jpeg
Japanese poster.
Japanese 海難1890
Hepburn Kainan 1890
Directed by Mitsutoshi Tanaka (ja)
Screenplay by Eriko Komatsu (ja)
Starring Seiyō Uchino
Music by Michiru Ōshima
Cinematography Tetsuo Nagata
Edited by Akimasa Kawashima (ja)
Distributed by Toei (Japan)
Mars (Turkey)
Release date
  • December 5, 2015 (2015-12-05) (Japan)
  • December 25, 2015 (2015-12-25) (Turkey)
Running time
132 minutes[1]
Country Japan
Box office US$5.7 million[2]

125 Years Memory (海難1890, Kainan 1890) is a 2015 drama film directed by Mitsutoshi Tanaka (ja) and written by Eriko Komatsu (ja).[1][3] A Japanese-Turkish co-production, the film was released in Japan by Toei on December 5, 2015 and in Turkey by Mars on December 25, 2015.[1][2] It received ten nominations at the 39th Japan Academy Prize, winning the awards for Best Art Direction and Best Sound Recording.


In the year 1890, while returning from a goodwill visit to Japan, the Ottoman frigate Ertugrul encounters a typhoon near the Japanese coast and sinks. The 69 survivors are welcomed by the Japanese people on a nearby island in Wakayama Prefecture.

95 years later, during the height of the Iran–Iraq War, 215 Japanese citizens are stranded in Tehran when Iraqi president Saddam Hussein threatens to shoot down any commercial airliner flying in Iranian airspace. The Turkish government, led by Turgut Özal, sends two Turkish Airlines planes to rescue them.



Box office[edit]

On its opening weekend in Japan, the film was fourth in both admissions, with 88,295,[4] and gross, with US$856,650.[5] On its second weekend, it dropped to seventh, again both in admissions[6] and in gross, with US$638,625.[7] On its third weekend, it was tenth placed in both admissions[8] and gross, with US$336,824.[9] The film grossed US$4.13 million in Japan and US$1.53 million in Turkey.[2]


Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Results
2016 39th Japan Academy Prize[10] Picture of the Year Nominated
Director of the Year Mitsutoshi Tanaka (ja) Nominated
Screenplay of the Year Eriko Komatsu (ja) Nominated
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Seiyō Uchino Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Music Michiru Ōshima Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Tetsuo Nagata Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction Kiyohito Andō Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Hidefumi Hanaya Won
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording Nobuhiko Matsukage (ja) Won
Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing Akimasa Kawashima (ja) Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "海難1890(2015)". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Kainan 1890 (125 Years Memory)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ "125 Years Memory". kainan1890.jp. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Japan Box Office Report – 12/5~12/6". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. December 9, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Japan Box Office December 5–6, 2015". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Japan Box Office Report – 12/12~12/13". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. December 16, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Japan Box Office December 12–13, 2015". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Japan Box Office Report – 12/19~12/20". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. December 23, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Japan Box Office December 19–20, 2015". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ "第39回日本アカデミー賞優秀賞決定!". japan-academy-prize.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved March 8, 2016. 

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