The film, which stars Lisa Oda and Shinnosuke Mitsushima, is not just based on Pulvers’ book, which has been successfully published in Japanese, English and French, the film’s screenplay was also written by Pulvers, and the release of the film marks his debut as a director of a full-length feature film.
The film is currently being shown at Jack & Betty Cinemas in Yokohama and Theatre Donuts Okinawa in Okinawa City until mid-September.
Following excellent reviews, significant media coverage in Japan, and good initial audience feedback the film’s distributor has received a flurry of requests from cinemas across Japan for the film.
According to the Star Sand Team, this has very encouragingly led to scheduled and confirmed showing at cinemas in Osaka and other major Japanese cities for later this year.
The original novel was published in Japanese as Hoshizuna Monogatari by Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher in 2015, and subsequently in English in 2016 and French this spring
The film’s opening four minutes can be viewed here and more information on the film’s plot and actors is available in English on the film’s official website.
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