Just thought you guys might be interested in this excerpt that Sonim, the "Japanese" actress who plays Mika (she's actually a 3rd generation ethnic Korean raised in Japan), posted in her blog last week after completing filming of Tree of Heaven. In light of all the talk of racism and whatnot, take it for what you will, but I think it's interesting to see how Sonim viewed this drama, seeing as how she has a greater personal connection to this collaboration than any of the other Korean or Japanese staff/cast...Sonim wrote:今回は日韓共作の韓国ドラマという大作だけあって、みんなが苦労する部分があったと思います。
In the process of filming this joint Japanese-Korean Korean drama (or rather, epic) I think everybody had times when they suffered hardships. However, even during those times everybody cooperated/got along, such that I felt like we were also able to overcome national lines.
After filming was completed, the director came to have a few words with us (the Japanese cast). The last thing he said to us was, "Shooting the last scenes, you all looked Korean to me."
In other words, instead of the gap between nations, he saw us simply as colleagues/equals working together to produce a story.
I had tears in my eyes.
I feel truly glad for being able to participate in this drama. That's what I think....