A collaborative film between Vietnam and Japan about famous 20th-century Vietnamese nationalist Phan Boi Chau, will be broadcast in both countries on December 29.

In Vietnam, the film will be screened on VTV1 channel at 8p.m.

The film was shot from June to July this year, with filming across major cities in both countries.

The film was a joint effort between Vietnam Television (VTV) and Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) to mark 40 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan this year.

The 120-minute film, titled Nguoi Cong Su (The Partner), examines Chau's efforts in achieving national independence for the country.

A pioneer of the Vietnamese nationalist movement in the 20th century, Chau lived in Japan from 1905-08, writing political tracts calling for Vietnam's liberation from the French colonial regime. He was also an integral figure in establishing close ties between Vietnam and Japan.

The cinematic project highlights the deep friendship between Chau and Japanese doctor, Asaba Sakitaro, which began 100 years ago when Chau visited Japan to seek support for Vietnam's national independence movement.

"Audiences will get a close-up at this period of history and gain insight into the broader friendship between the two countries," said Do Thanh Hai, director of Vietnam Television Film Production Centre, at a press conference on September 16.

Well-known Vietnamese and Japanese actors played in the film, including Huynh Dong, starring as Chau, Higashiyama Noriyuki and Takei Saki.

"It is an honour for young actors like us to portray this special friendship in the film," said Higashiyama Noriyuki, who plays the roles of doctor Sakitaro and businessman Tetsuya in the film.

"I hope that the film can help strengthen the bonds between the two countries," he said.-VNA