Sayonara Arigato

Nana Komatsu and co-star Mugi Kadowaki were at the Toho Cinema in Shinjuku (Tokyo) today for yet another presentation and thanks and greeting party for Sayonara Kuchibiru aka Farewell Song. They were joined by stylist Daisuke Iga who was in charge of their costumes in the movie.

On a side note, the film enjoyed a successful premiere at the Shangai International Film Festival yesterday, tickets reportedly being sold out in less than 6 minutes.


Clip and Vidcaps




Official Pics


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Nationwide Shiseido CM

Just released on YouTube from Oricon News, a new Shiseido (Integrate) CM is bound for broadcast all over Japan. Full length is about 8 minutes but it’s also available in shorter, split versions as the whole ad shows the model being interviewed about famous products, mostly food, from 12 different prefectures: Hokkaido, Nagano, Fukuoka, Kyoto, Ishikawa, Hiroshima, Kouchi, Wakayama, Aichi, Chiba, Iwate and Kagoshima.


Shiseido special page (with the twelve spots)


Some screen captures


Above us only Ciel

In the world of fashion Nana Komatsu is mostly known for being a Chanel Ambassador and a figurehead for Integrate, a make up department of cosmetics giant Shiseido. But as a celebrity she has been in many a commercial since the very beginning of her model career, to name a few: Panasonic, Line Music, Asahi Breweries, Daihatsu (cars), Lotte and in recent years ‘Niko and’, Ora2me and Google Pixel.

In 2014, she started working for Aire Inc., a company which markets high quality lenses (Neosight, Ciel and Ring series). A new CM and a making of video have been released recently, in order to celebrate here is a collection of pics and links.


Clip from August 2016



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Making of Closed Ward

Just released on YouTube, a video that shows some footage of the film, the making of and bits of interviews. Reports from Moviche, Cinema Café, Cinra.net, Crank-in, RealSound.

Synopsis from AsianWiki: Hidemaru Kajiki (Tsurube Shofukutei), Chu-san (Gou Ayano) and Yuki (Nana Komatsu) are patients at a psychiatric hospital in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture. Hidemaru Kajiki killed his mother and daughter-in-law. Chu-san used to work as a salaryman, but he suffers from auditory hallucinations. Yuki is a high school student and she refuses to go to school. Due to that, she receives outpatient treatment. Patients at the psychiatric hospital try to live brightly, but things suddenly change. A murder takes place at the hospital. 

Film Site – Also on Twitter

Japanese Woman in New York

According to the Film at Lincoln Center bulletin, there will be a Q&A session with director Bernard Rose and actress Nana Komatsu for the US Premiere of Samurai Marathon on June 28. The movie will open the 2019 edition of the New York Asian Film Festival which means that she will go to the USA to receive her Rising Star Asia Award.

Friday Jun 28, 7:00pm (Walter Reade Theater, Film at Lincoln Center)
Director Bernard Rose and Komatsu Nana in attendance (Introduction and Q&A) Actress Komatsu Nana will receive the Screen International Rising Star Asia Award (source: NYAFF)

International trailer
Japanese TV Spot

Promo Stills


Tadaima Short Film

Sumire, a teenage girl, convinces a taxi driver to take her to her homeplace in the Tohoku region. There, they find an area which was ravaged by the tsunami that followed the megathrust earthquake on March 11, 2011. The disaster destroyed her house and took away her parents. Through compassion and carefully chosen words, the man will offer the young girl what she has lost: the will to survive and live.

This short film (runtime is approximately 27′) was presented in 2013 at the Tama Cinema Forum. Directed by Daisuke Shimada and produced by Qotori Films, it cast only two actors, Shohei Uno and a complete newcomer in the world of cinema, 17-year-old Nana Komatsu.

Tadaima enjoyed a second life when the company decided to release it on DVD in October 2016. That was good timing as the actress and model film and media exposure was quite spectacular that year. The digipack item included a booklet, the film on DVD and a bonus music clip, an alternate version of Tin Plate/ブリキ by Radwimps, featuring Nana Komatsu. 



It has become a rather hard to find collectable item these days, it is no longer available from any store, including the Qotori Online store for the company no longer exists and ceased all activities last December. Yahoo Japan Auctions might be a good option to get a copy.

I truly recommend Tadaima, it is a moving story full of grief and hope. Nana Komatsu fans will also find out that some of her acting characteristics were already there: natural, spontaneous, nuanced and ‘old school’ as much is conveyed through her eyes. Fun and excentricity too, there’s a rather comical passage once she gets in the cab (watch the excerpt below).


Screen Captures



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Samurai Marathon US PREMIERE

From Asian Film Festivals: “the organizers of the New York Asian Film Festival announced that the opening film will be Samurai Marathon by Bernard Rose. The festival will take place from June 28th until July 14th.”

Samurai Marathon by Bernard Rose – Japan, UK | 2019 – 104 minutes
Cast: Satoh Takeru, Komatsu Nana, Moriyama Mirai.


Pictures released by director Bernard Rose

Bernard Rose on Twitter