Director:François Girard

Cast:Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, Alfred Molina, Koji Yakusho, Sei Ashina

Contory:Japan, Canada, Italy



Distribution: Asmik Ace


19th century France. Young millitary officer Hervé falls in love with Hélène and marries her. Their carefree life does not last long, as Hervé is sent to travel to Japan in the Far East to bring back silkworms. After the long and harsh journey to an unknown land, Hervé is taken to a small village, where he is enchanted by the young wife, with silk-like skin, of his trading partner. Hervé travels again and again to Japan, risking his life, as he cannot forget her. Hélène quietly watches her husband, wating for his return with an unchanging love. Where will their love end? When Hervé returns from his final journey, he receives a letter written in Japanese...


Outstanding actors such as Keira Knightley and Koji Yakusho, from both the West and the East are featured in this film. The original novel is by leading Italian writer Alessandro Baricco, known for the film adaptation “The Legend of 1900” which greatly moved its viewers. François Girard, appraised for his talents with “The Red Violin” and produced Cirque du Soleil’s “ZED” which was also popular in Japan, adapts the mesmerizing masterpiece of literature as a film. With music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Japanese costume design by Kazuko Kurosawa, known for Akira Kurosawa and Yoji Yamada films, the top level staff of the world create the breathtakingly beautiful images. SPECIAL

Director:François Girard

Born in 1963, Quebec, Canada. He has received over 80 international awards in projects from various fields including film, theatre, performance, concert film, commercial and video installation. With his Oscar winning film “The Red Violin” (’98), he proved his passion as an artist on screen, to establish a status in film, crossover music, history, drama and romance. He is also deeply connected to Japan, directing Cirque du Soleil’s “ZED”, and the theatre adaptation of “The Hunting Gun” (starring Miki Nakatani), Yasushi Inoue’s novel in 2016, which captivated the audience.