“The Clouds Over the Hill (Saka no Ue no Kumo)”, Japan

2009

Back in 2009 U-Film Malta has provided stunts crew and services to the Saka no Ue no Kumo (坂の上の雲’) production, which is an NHK 21st Century special drama that was aired over three years starting from November 29, 2009. The series runs 13 episodes at 90 minutes each.

The first series, with 5 episodes, was broadcast in 2009, while series two and three, each with 4 episodes, were broadcast in late 2010 and 2011. While most episodes were shot in Japan, one of the episodes in series two was shot in Latvia and some parts in the beautiful filming locations in Malta. The TV series is based on the novel Saka no ue no kumo by Ryōtarō Shiba and adopted by Hisashi Nozawa.

The story centres around Yoshifuru Akiyama (Hiroshi Abe), his older brother Saneyuki Akiyama (Masahiro Motoki), and poet Masaoka Shiki (Teruyuki Kagawa) during the Russo-Japanese War. The drama depicts Japan’s modernization in the Meiji era through the help of the Akiyama brothers.