Director Akihiko Shiota and his lead actors were at the Toho Cinema in Shinjuku, Tokyo, for the nationwide theatrical release of Sayonara Kuchibiru, yesterday (Japan time). Nana Komatsu,Mugi Kadowaki and Ryou Narita entertained the audience before the actual screening.
Covers, interviews and photoshoots, fashion and entertainment magazines have lavished readers with Nana Komatsu related material these days. Here’s a compilation of some shots you can find on Jelly, Men’s Non No, Mina, Souen, Tokyo Graffiti, Gala plus some more from various online magazines. All recent issues of print magazines can be purchased from Amazon Japan or CD Japan.
As reported by various media outlets (Natalie Music, Fashion Press, Moviche, Movie Walker, Realsound, Eigaland, Yahoo Japan…) Closed Ward/閉鎖病棟 by director Hideyuki Hirayama will hit Japanese theatres on November 1. The Official Site (a few pages and a Twitter scrolling menu for the time being) has just been launched.
The film stars Go Ayano, Nana Komatsu and veteran actor Tsurube Shofukutei has the lead, additional cast members include Kobayashi Satomi, Shibukawa Kiyohiko, Bando Ryota,Takahashi Kazuya, and Kino Hana.
Synopsis: Go Ayano is Chu, a salary man who suffers from hallucinatory bouts which can lead him to violence, he’s become estranged from his wife and family. Nana Komatsu is Yuki, an outpatient and a school girl with a long and painful history of truancy and suicide attempts. Tsurube Shofukutei is Hidemaru Kajiki, the main character, a man who murdered his family. A failed execution broke his spine and he is now an in-patient on a wheel chair in the psychiatric ward of a hospital. Residents and out patients coexist relatively peacefully there until one day a murder case occurs…
Filming took place in Matsumoto and in Nagano for the most part.
Nana Komatsu and co-star Mugi Kadowaki on the promotion frontline again, this time in an interview for Fudge Magazine. The two young actresses talk at length about the complexities of emotions that bind, cement and also part Haru and Leo in the road movie/musical from Akihiko Shiota, in Japanese theatres on Friday.
They also develop a bit about Shima, their roadie (impersonated by Ryo Narita) who as a friend, roadie and manager tries to keep them together. Recalling the different performances, especially street appearances, the two reach the same conclusion, the music is a key element in the movie because some emotions can’t be explained or even conveyed through just words.
Nana Komatsu belongs to a relatively small and undeclared club of Japanese celebrities who enjoy a solid fan base outside Japan, in other Asian countries.
Many of her Japanese and Korean fans are very active on networks such as Instagram running accounts that can attract tens of thousands of subscribers but there are also several Facebook Pages which have been around for a few years already. Here’s some general info on three of them.
小松菜奈 Komatsu Nana Taiwan
With more than 8700 likes and over 9200 followers, this page is one of the most active fan pages with frequent updates and a pretty impressive collection of albums and videos. Here’s a short message from the admin: Komatsu Nana Taiwan is not an official fan page. Welcome everyone ! Follow our fan page！
Nana Komatsu often goes to Taiwan for what looks like work and pleasure trips. In recent years, she attended a series of fashion events there and was on the cover of several fashion magazines. Therefore, this page is a bonus for her Taiwanese fans.
Nana Komatsu 小松菜奈 VietNam
Nana Komatsu 小松菜奈 Vietnam is one of the two big Facebook pages from Vietnam. It is updated on a regular basis and enjoys over 7000 likes and followers. Message from the admin(s): We welcome Nana fans from all over the world and we will have English captions for English speakers. Also any Vietnamese willing to be editor or admin of the page can contact us directly. Thank you.
The page also provides a great collection of pictures and a video section.
KOMATSU NANA VIETNAM FANPAGE
Komatsu Nana Vietnam Fanpage is one of the biggest Nana Komatsu Facebook fanpages in Asia with over 13400 likes and a community of followers which is nearly 14000 strong. Frequently updated it provides a rather huge collection of pics and videos. On a side note, its webmaster was a helping hand when I set up Nana Komatsu World Fans (closed group) in its early days, in September 2017.
Though none of these pages use English as the primary language, they are all worth a like and regular visits for they offer a lot.
From this official interview published by her agency, some details about the shooting of Sayonara Kuchibiru are revealed. The very first scene for instance wasn’t planned in the original script, the actress imagined and suggested it. Most of the time, scenes were filmed in just one take and director Akihiko Shiota doesn’t use a clapperboard to end a take, allowing his actors to let it flow.
There was one noticeable exception with the scene at the vending machine, no one -i.e. the director, the staff and the actresses- was satisfied with what was shown and the level of emotion, it was therefore shot again on the last day of the shooting session with a very satisfactory result then.
Nana Komatsu also develops on how it was to perform in front of a crowd of extras: tension but also fun. The movie hits Japanese theatres on Friday this week.