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"Saka no ue no kumo" centers 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.
- "Saka no ue no kumo" is based on a novel by Ryotaro Shiba.
- The drama is a 13-part drama series that will be shown over a three year period (autumn 2009, autumn 2010, autumn 2011).
- Filming for the drama will take more than three years (starting in November 2007 and concluding in 2010).
- Scenes involving Czar Nicholas II will be filmed in Russia (starting at the Ekaterina Palace in St. Petersburg in January, 2008).
- Some scenes will also be filmed in China.
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