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Documentary on Japan to be aired in VN

Update: January, 21/2016 - 15:50
Primitive beauty of the Japanese countryside will be featured in documentary series Colours of Japan. — Photo
HÀ NỘI (VNS) — A documentary series entitled Sắc Màu Nhật Bản (Colours of Japan) will be aired on Channel 2 on Sunday.

It is the first joint production of Viet Nam National Television (VTV) and Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) Television in documentary film making.

The nine-episode series will introduce typical cultural characteristics of seven prefectures in Japan, which are Aomori, Yamagata, Niigata and Toyama, besides Nagano, Oita and Kagoshima.

"The provinces extend from the north to the south of Japan, which caused difficulties for the film crew. We had to adapt to dramatically weather change," director Minh Hà said at a press conference held yesterday in Hà Nội.

The documentary series will not only feature the natural beauty and traditional culture of Japan, but also highlight scientific and technological achievements in local prefectures.

"However, the things that impressed me the most during the making of the documentary were human values and the Japanese people," the director said. "We filmed forest growers in Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture in the south-western corner of Japan. They spend their whole life growing saplings to preserve rare trees for the younger generation."

The episode entitled Thong Điệp Từ Những Người Thợ Rừng (Messages of Forest Growers) will be screened on March 27.

"We hope Vietnamese television viewers will get to know more about the primitive beauty of the Japanese countryside," TBS producer Shiro Otsuru said. "We also want Vietnamese audiences to see different sides to Japan, and not just well-known tourist destinations such as Tokyo, Mt Fuji and Sky Tree."

Each 60-minute episode shows amazing experiments such as Yamagata mountain-climbing in Yamagata Prefecture; production of glass used for the Hokuriki Shinkansen Line express in Toyama; and production of geothermal electricity from hot springs in Oita Prefecture.

"The fact that hot springs are used as a source of renewable energy is amazing," MC Hồng Phúc said. "It's my great honour to get involved in the series. I got rare opportunities to go to areas in Japan where many Japanese have not been to."

Phúc worked with seven women to do the narration in the series, which was shot in 20 days. The series will be aired weekly on Sunday morning at 9.25am from January 24.

They are part of a co-operation project between VTV and TBS to enhance mutual understanding between the people of Việt Nam and Japan.

The two televisions groups have co-operated to produce series such as Người Cộng Sự (The Partner) in 2013 and Khúc Hát Mặt Trời (The Sun's Song), as well as the Sasuke Viet Nam game show, which have been being shown on VTV's Channel 3. — VNS

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