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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 (subject to change): ⭐ recommended ⭐ ⭐ personal faves

Read more: trailers, micro-reviews…

Autumn Mags 2022

Actress and model Komatsu Nana back in fashion and entertainment magazines this fall ! More to come so stay tuned for updates on this dedicated post…

Magazines list: Elle Japan (November issue, cover) – Souen (November issue, cover) – Vogue Japan (November issue) – The Wow* (bi-annual UK mag, cover). Most if not all can be purchased from various online stores, links will redirect you to Amazon Japan (except *) !


Elle Japan (Elle x Chanel, November)

see more: pics, clips, links…

Moonlight Shadow Deluxe Edition

Moonlight Shadow, Edmund Yeo‘s beautiful adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s novella was released on Bluray (regular and deluxe editions) on September 14. Here’s a post to celebrate !

Bluray Deluxe edition: purple slipcase, 3 postcards, film on Bluray, bonus DVD with a making of documentary (39′) and stage greetings reports (press conference on September 1, premiere on September 11, 2021). It is available from several online stores such as CD Japan or Amazon Japan.

see more: screencaps from the making of and promo events

Short trip through her films

From time to time, some fans make real wonders whether it is with drawings or short clips. This video edit, a collage of short sequences from films Komatsu Nana starred in has no doubt a professional vibe to it. The author who runs a fan account on Twitter (Koni7Film) promised more to come and will include more sequences, especially from movies that were not used there, like Kuru/It comes for instance.

New Look = New Film

On Saturday September 3, hairstylist Tsubasa Dicky released a series of stunning pics of the actress. Fans shared them on various SNS, not just because they liked them per se but because they know it means something else. According to a special ‘Komatsu tradition’, a strategy of communication she established for herself a few years ago, a new haircut and a new look signal that a new film has been wrapped…

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