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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

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Artwork 5

Social media such as Instagram or Pinterest offer drawings, paintings and sketches created by either Nana Komatsu fans or artists who specialise in portraying Japanese actors and celebrities. Instagram is not the only popular place for sharing Nana Komatsu artwork, many pics can also be found on TwitterDeviant Art or Behance.

Artwork 5 is the fifth post of a series dedicated to such productions from selected designers, amateurs or professionals. The name or account of each and every artist can be found at the bottom of each piece of artwork, with a clickable link. Featured portrait by Tadayoitsuduke.

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Hiroshima Film Festival 2022

Actress Komatsu Nana, co-star Sakaguchi Kentaro and director Michihito Fujii were in Hiroshima on Friday November 18 for a special screening of The Last Ten Years at the NTT Cred Hall. The film had been selected to open the festival, the trio went on stage for a brief chat and presentation during which the director said he would like to work again with the two young stars.

Prior to the festival opening, director Michihito Fujii and his two leads went to the Peace Memorial Park for a moment of recollection (wreath of flowers, minute of silence)

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Chanel Cruise 2019

May 3, 2019: actress, model and Chanel House Ambassador Komatsu Nana was in Paris to attend a very special Chanel Cruise event. Report and pictures of the show from Harper’s Bazaar:

“When it comes to runway shows, Chanel knows how to pull out all the stops. So it should hardly come as a surprise that today, for its Cruise 2019 show in Paris, the fashion house brought an actual cruise ship onto its runway. The larger-than-life liner, named ‘La Pausa’ after Gabrielle Chanel’s summer house on the French Riviera, served as the ultimate backdrop to the fashion house’s nautical-inspired collection.”

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Maniac Hero Promo Recollection

On May 7, 2016, Maniac Hero/ヒーローマニア生活, a film by director Keisuke Toyoshima, hit Japanese theaters. On that day there was a special screening and stage greetings at the TOEI Marunouchi Cinema in Tokyo.

Plot by Asian Wiki: Nakatsu (Masahiro Higashide) was laid off at his company and now works part-time at a convenience store. One day, Nakatsu forms a vigilante group to protect his town with Toshida (Masataka Kubota), who has a mysterious physical ability, Kaori (Nana Komatsu), who is a female high school student with excellent information gathering abilities, and Kusaki (Tsurutaro Kataoka), who wields hammers under his sleeves. As they punish evil doers, the group gains popular support…

…but with power comes great responsibility, and a very shady, power-greedy individual with a political agenda is very much interested in the group.

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