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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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Pictures of Matsuri

Komatsu Nana is Matsuri Takabayashi in The Last Ten Years, a film by director Michihito Fujii (Day and Night, The Journalist, Yakuza and the Family…) based on the novel Yomei 10 Nen by Ruka Kosaka which was published in December 2017. Distributed by Warner Bros Japan, the movie was released in Japanese theaters on March 4, 2022 and became a big box office hit, the success story continues in Thailand and Taiwan where it reached the hearts of many viewers.

Plot (by Asian Wiki): 20-year-old Matsuri Takabayashi learns that she only has 10 years to live due to an incurable disease. She decides to not dwell on her life and not to fall in love, but she meets Kazuto Manabe (Kentaro Sakaguchi) at a school reunion…

The Last Ten Years is not your average tearjerker and it’s not just the sad tale of a young woman hit by a cruel fate, it is also a celebration of courage, friendship, family love, romantic love, a celebration of life.

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Yomei 10 Nen Digital

Since Friday June 24, The Last Ten Years is available in Japan on digital format from Amazon Prime, iTunes, dTV, RakutenTV and the likes. However in order to purchase the movie you must be a resident and possess a credit card issued in Japan. The offer will last until July 22, the set date for the release of the DVD/Bluray which you can pre-order (available for overseas customers) from various online stores: Bluray Premium: Amazon Japan – DVD Premium: CD Japan.

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Moonlight Bluray in September

One year after its official release in Japanese theaters, Moonlight Shadow, Edmund Yeo‘s remarkable adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous novella will be released on Bluray on September 14. The deluxe edition* has a bonus DVD which includes a making of featurette, press conference, stage greetings report and other niceties. It should be available from Amazon Japan soon, in the meantime, here’s some other links (Japanese): HMVYodobashiRakuten (non residents can use proxy services like Buyee or Tenso).

*Disc 1 (standard and deluxe, bluray) has the film, the trailer and some bonus footage

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