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. Working as assistant to director Nagisa Oshima on  “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” and befriending David Bowie brought him back to Japan and inspired him to become the award-winning playwright, film director and prolific author he is today. His most 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.