Vietnam Television (VTV) and the Japanese broadcaster TBS have unveiled a plan to make a film about Vietnamese patriotic scholar Phan Boi Chau.
Chau (1867-1940), considered the initiator of ties between the two countries, was inspired by the Japanese model of development in his fight for national independence.
Filming of the two hour television special will begin in the second quarter of next year. The film will be broadcast in both countries next September to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations.
It will be the first television film project in which VTV collaborates with a foreign channel, Vietnamnet quoted VTV as saying December 14.
The film is set in the early 1900s when Chau went to Japan to seek ways to fight French colonialism and returned to Vietnam to initiate the Dong Du (Go East) Movement.
The movement was aimed to send Vietnamese youth to Japan for further training so that they could help the country win independence from the French.
Most of the scenes will be shot in Japan as the main focus is on Chau's time there.
Vietnamese and Japanese screenwriters are currently constructing the storyline together under the consultation of Vietnamese history experts to ensure every detail is accurate, Vietnamnet reported.
The film will feature well-known actors from both countries, Do Thanh Hai, director of VTV's Vietnam Television Film Center, said.
Local media reported that a Vietnamese actor will be chosen early next year to play Chau.
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