Actor Mitsushima talks about anti-war movie Star Sand, shot in Iejima

Actor Mitsushima talks about anti-war movie Star Sand, shot in Iejima

Actor Shinnosuke Mitsushima and Director Roger Pulvers talking at the screening of Star Sand.

June 22, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

A movie depicting the spirit of non-combat, Star Sand, which was shot in Ie Island, was screened at the Sakurazaka Theater in Naha city on June 21. The movie told the story of American and Japanese deserters and a girl on an island of Okinawa during the war. The director Roger Pulvers and Okinawan actor Shinnosuke Mitsushima spoke to audience members at the screening. Director Pulvers said, “this movie opposes any form of violence including war and child abuse.”

Mitsushima, who plays a deserting Japanese soldier, shared why he decided to play the role, saying; “I myself have a grandfather who is American, and I would not have been born if the war didn’t occur. The message to love people in front of you, regardless of race, language and ideology, struck my heart.”
This is the first time for Mitsushima to play a role in a movie that uses Okinawa as a background. He said; “I have been thinking that I need to give back to my home. I feel that today is the new start of my life. I would like to suggest that the Sakurazaka Theater screen this movie every year on this day.”

(English translation by T&CT and Sayaka Sakuma) 

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