Special Invitation Movie


©2017 The STAR SAND Team

Screening Info

When: Sat. 22 April, 1:10PM -
Where: Sakurazaka Theater Hall B (Naha-shi)
Ticket: Free

Program Notes

It is the first week of April 1945. The largest and bloodiest battle in Asia is taking place in Okinawa. Yet, on a remote Okinawan island, 16-year-old Hiromi finds herself looking after two deserters – one Japanese; the other, American – in a cave. They live in harmony, vowing never to harm another human being … until the elder brother of the Japanese deserter appears with his promise to bring violence and death into the cave.
It isn’t until 2016 that a female student in Tokyo uncovers the mystery of who lived and who died in the cave in 1945.
“Star Sand” is a film about nonviolence and compassion from Roger Pulvers (assistant to director Nagisa Oshima on “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence”), set at a time when committing to peace was the most dangerous act of all.

Sales point

1. “Star Sand” is the film version of Roger Pulvers’ novel, written by him in both Japanese and English. Author, playwright and director, he first arrived in Japan in 1967, honing his filmmaking skills under the tutelage of Nagisa Oshima.

2. An A-list cast has been brought together, featuring the fresh and brilliant Lisa Oda as Hiromi and up-and-coming stars Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Riho Yoshioka, Takahiro Miura and Australian Brandon McClelland. They are joined by internationally acclaimed Shinobu Terajima, and veterans Makiko Watanabe, Renji Ishibashi and Mako Midori.

3. The theme song was composed by Oscar-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto, Roger’s old friend from “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” days.


Lisa Oda
Shinnosuke Mitsushima
Brandon McClelland
Riho Yoshioka
Takahiro Miura
Shinobu Terajima
Makiko Watanabe
Renji Ishibashi
Mako Midori

Program Data

Director: Roger Pulvers
Country: Japan=Australia
Year: 2017
Copyright: ©2017 The STAR SAND Team