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Films A La Carte

Back in 2012, 16-year-old Nana Komatsu was a young model and still at school. She used to travel to Tokyo on week-ends for her photoshoots and did not consider an acting career then. In 2014, much to her surprise, she was asked to audition for The World of Kanako, the next opus from famous director Tetsuya Nakashima.

She was reluctant but encouraged by relatives and friends she went to the audition. She was hired right away after a brief interview and the rest is history now. She has starred in many films since then and worked with very different directors: Takahiro Miki, Bernard Rose, Akihiko Shiota, Martin Scorsese, Hideyuki Hirayama or Akira Nagai to name just a few.

A much sought after actress and known for being extremely versatile Nana Komatsu is most certainly one of the best representatives of the ‘Old School’ approach to acting in the Japanese film industry (and beyond). When nuance and subtle body language prevail over wordiness, when emotion is conveyed through the eyes, you’re ‘old school’ but there’s more to it, Nana Komatsu does have a few add-ons: a surprising ability to suddenly embrace rage and also a playful side which comes close to eccentricity.

Some films are available on NetFlix, Amazon Prime Video, U-Next, Mubi, Outbuster and other online services on a regular basis, you can get a few DVDs with English subs from Amazon USA and all the original Japanese DVDs and Blurays can be purchased from CD Japan.

The following ‘guide’ is not based on movie genres, alphabetical order or date of release but rather on her performance in each and every film. Going to the movies is like going to the restaurant somehow, also the actress has a solid reputation as a food loving person, so this presentation makes sense in many ways. Here’s the Menu right below: you’ll get appetizers only, i.e. trailers and short scenes.

⭐ the blogmaster’s choice ⭐ ⭐ current fave (subject to change)


Gourmet Selection

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Shogakukan Short Film

A very special CM, a true short film actually, was released on Monday August 8 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Shogakukan, a company with headquarters in Chiyoda (Tokyo) which is a world famous publisher much known for producing and distributing magazines, manga, picture books, light novels, educational and reference books in Japan, the USA and Europe.

The movie is 17 minutes long and was directed by Takahiro Miki whom we briefly see at the end of the story. Though voice actor Koichi Yamadera appears in the film the main cast is actress and model Komatsu Nana. This quality CM offers remarkable animated sequences in a unique voyage through time and publications.

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Shogakukan Publisher CM Teaser

In order to celebrate its 100th anniversary, Shogakukan Inc. will release a special CM/movie on August 8. The company, which has its headquarters in Chiyoda (Tokyo), is a world famous publisher known for producing and distributing magazines, manga, picture books, light novels, educational and reference books not only in Japan but also in the USA and Europe…

Directed by Takahiro Miki the short film has actress and model Komatsu Nana as the main cast. He has often worked with the actress for CMs, music clips and two feature films (My Tomorrow, Your Yesterday and Kids on the Slope). Voice actor Koichi Yamadera also appears in the film, mangaka Inio Asano is involved in the project for the animation.

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Yomei 10 Nen Documentary

Among the numerous features (about 4 hours of footage) included in the Premium bluray edition of The Last Ten Years, the making of documentary stands out. The Diary of The Last Ten Years is a 59′ long report which presents the filming of key scenes as well as short interviews. The focus is on Komatsu Nana, Sakaguchi Kentaro and director Michihito Fujii, yet you have sequences with all the members of the remarkable supporting cast: Yuki Yamada, Nao, Haru Kuroki, Tetsushi Tanaka, Hideko Hara, Yutaka Matsushige, Lily Franky

Bluray Premium: Amazon Japan – DVD Premium: CD Japan. Official Film DVD&Bluray page (Japanese): Yomei Ten Nen.

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Yomei 10 Nen DVD Promo Event

On Wednesday 20, Director Michihito Fujii and the two co-stars of The Last Ten YearsKentaro Sakaguchi and Nana Komatsu – were at the Space FS Shiodome Cinema in Shinbashi (Tokyo) for a special promo event to celebrate the digital release of the movie (June 24) and the imminent distribution of the DVD/Bluray on Friday 22 July.

DVD or Bluray standard and premium editions are available from various online stores: Bluray Premium: Amazon Japan – DVD Premium: CD Japan. Official Film DVD&Bluray page (Japanese): Yomei Ten Nen.

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Kimono Girl Mook

Then a burgeoning model, Komatsu Nana was 15 years old when she made the cover of Kimono Girl (キモノガール62483-82) a Kadokawa mook issued on April 2011. Promoted by 3BJunior, the junior/underage section of Stardust Promotion, she started her modelling career in 2008 with Nico-Petit ニコプチ.

Details: Mook published by Kadokawa Group Publishing on April 22, 2011 – ISBN-10: 4048940813 – ISBN-13: ‎978-4048940818 – 79 pages – Photographs and design by Ayumi Shikata. This mook is out of print but used copies may be found on Yahoo Auctions or Amazon Japan.

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