The Uzbekkino national cinema agency is set to make a film on the life of the Japanese soldiers captured during the WW II and moved to Uzbekistan.
According to ECO Cultural Institute quoting kultura.uz, Uzbekkino national agency has recently reviewed and approved the script of Akbar Bekturdiyev's film "Sakura Scent" dedicated to the fate of Japanese soldiers who were captured during World War II and who remained forever in Uzbekistan.
Right now, the agency is working on making the film in cooperation with the Japanese embassy in Uzbekistan and the film "Sakura Scent" will be made based on historical documents.
In the autumn of 1945, by order of the Soviet government, thousands of captured Japanese soldiers were sent to remote areas of the Union, including Uzbekistan (approximately 25,000). Japanese prisoners of war at the time were actively involved in the construction of many places and structures in the city of Tashkent and the provinces. For example, they also participated in the construction of the famous Alisher Navoi State Academic Theatre in Tashkent.
It is worth mentioning that on the occasion of the victory of the Soviet Union over Germany, the Uzbek directors presented three films to the audience on August 9, 2020. One of the films titled '101' was about the life of 101 people from Uzbekistan who were captured by the fascists in the Battle of Smolensk during the WW II. They were then put into jail for two months and were later transferred to Amersfoort camp.