Sayonara Kuchibiru, Hello Shinjuku

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.

Here is a compilation of the numerous pictures that were published by the following media outlets: Movie Walker, Moviche, Natalie Music, Eiga.com, Cinema Today, Model Press, Mantan Web, My Navi and Crank in.


Nana Komatsu

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Magazines galore

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.



Men’s Non No (June)


Emoji Challenge for Elle Girl Japan


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Closed Ward on November 1

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.


Making of mini gallery

Fudge Magazine Interview

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.