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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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Shiseido Yesterday and Today

As of today, actress and model Komatsu Nana has become the image and figurehead of the Beauty Time Machine campaign for worldwide famous cosmetics brand Shiseido. Shiseido (株式会社資生堂) is the biggest cosmetics company in Japan, founded in 1872, it is also one of the oldest companies in the world. This ‘time machine’ campaign will last until December as the brand celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Over the years, Komatsu Nana has appeared in countless commercials as an ambassador for Integrate, the make-up division of Shiseido (see related posts on this blog: Integrate tag) but she also promoted the brand as a whole on many occasions. In January 2022, she was part of a series of clips celebrating the brand’s anniversary: 150 Years of Shiseido. In this post you’ll find a selection of much older campaigns.

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Moonlight Shadow in South Korea

Distributed by Taeyang Media, Edmund Yeo‘s subtle and emotional adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s novella Moonlight Shadow hits South Korean theaters on Wednesday April 27. Recently screened at the Asian Film Festival in Rome, Italy, the movie has so far reached Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong (InDPanda Festival). The film also became available in various countries via Viki and Netflix