Tokyo, Japan

Trailer of feature film adaptation of ‘Star Sand’, a novel by Red Circle author Roger Pulvers, released

Image: Promotional flyer for Star Sand, the 2017 feature film, directed by Roger Pulvers. Credit: Star Sand.
The promotional trailer of the film adaptation of Roger Pulvers’ novel Star Sand (Hoshizuna Monogatari) has been released to critical acclaim following an early preview of the film at The Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Japan.

The film’s official world premiere will take place on the 22nd of April at the Okinawa International Movie Festival, after which the film will go on general release in Japan.

The film, which stars Lisa Oda and Shinnosuke Mitsushima, is not only based on Pulvers’ book, the screenplay was also written by him, and the release of the film marks his debut as a director of a full-length feature film.

Ryuichi Sakamoto, who Pulvers got to know while making the Nagisa Oshima directed film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence in the 1980s with David Bowie, has composed original music for the film.

The film based on the novel, was originally written and published in Japanese by Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher in 2015 and subsequently in English in 2016 and French in 2017. 

Koji Chikatani, Red Circle Co-Founder, makes an important and high impact cameo appearance in the film.

The film trailer, with English sub-titles, can be viewed here and a Japanese language review of the film can be accessed here.
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    • Roger Pulvers
      About Roger Pulvers:
      Roger Pulvers is an author, playwright, theatre director, and translator. He has published more than 50 books in Japanese and English, including novels, essays, plays, and poetry. Helping make Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, and befriending David Bowie brought him back to Japan and inspired him to become the award-winning and prolific author, playwright, film director he is today. His recent novel, Hoshizuna Monogatari (Star Sand), which he wrote in Japanese, was published by Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher, in 2015 and subsequently in English and French in 2016 and 2017 respectively. It was released as a film, directed by him, in 2017.