The Film Director – Irina Bakhtina: "For the first time I heard this story from Mr. Yosihiro Mori, the Russian Language Institute Director in Tokyo. Mori-san was born in the prefecture of Matsuyama. This was exactly the place where 110 years ago several thousands of Russian marine soldiers lived in captivity. From his very childhood Mr. Mori was surrounded by the memorial symbols from another country, since he was a little boy he heard names of the Russian soldiers who died. Influenced by that the fisherman boy decided to study Russian, the language that was far from being popular at those days. Nowadays he is studying the history of that war which happened long time away. Mr. Mori was kind to agree to become part of our film. We are happy the Russian Culture Channel showed their interest for our script and agreed to provide financial support along with the National History Fund."