Asian Movie Pulse Interview

Asian Movie Pulse has just released an interview of Director Bernard Rose and actress Nana Komatsu. Rouven Linnarz from AMP attended the US Premiere of Samurai Marathon at the New York Asian Film Festival. Read the whole interview there: Interview with Bernard Rose and Nana Komatsu: Bernard likes real, raw responses.

Selected Excerpts

Bernard Rose on Nana Komatsu: Nana is such an amazing actress and she draws you in during her performance. She is very thoughtful and there is a lot going on behind her eyes. Additionally, she is very witty and funny. You might look at some of her works and think she is a bit flighty, but that is not the case. In fact she is very strong and that is what I wanted for that character.

Nana Komatsu on her role as Yuki Hime: Princess Yuki is a character who lives in a very closed, confined environment. But she has an interest in the Western world and she is really committed to what she likes. And it is not only that, she turns this into action. I was very drawn to that: this woman with this very strong feeling and passion. It was something that I haven’t done in the past, and so it felt really new to me. On top of that, working with a foreign director I thought would help me grow and would challenge me.

Asian Star in New York

Director Bernard Rose and Nana Komatsu, his female lead in Samurai Marathon attended the movie’s US Premiere at the Film Lincoln Center in New York, on the evening of the 28th. The young actress received the Rising Asia Star Award, a special prize for Asian thespians who are deemed to have the potential for a successful international career. She was the first Japanese actress honoured by the festival since Fumi Nikaido in 2014.

The waiting

The Award



When reading the many positive reviews regarding Nana Komatsu’s acting skills and profile, there’s one adjective and one noun that come up quite often: versatile, versatility. She was a shoplifter in Destruction Babies, a psychic in It Comes, a sprinter in Koi Ame and everyone remembers the angel-faced yet demonic girl she impersonated in The World of Kanako.

One may say she’s been in many live action romantic movies but that’s just happenstance and circumstance, even in those she portrayed characters who were worlds apart: Yuni in Close Range Love and Natsume in Drowning Love have very little in common indeed. With three new films to be released in 2019 (Closed Ward) and 2020 (Sakura and Ito), it seems she’s going to venture into rather dark or at least dramatic mature roles.

For the time being she is a non conformist, rebellious princess in Samurai Marathon, which is premiered later in the day in the US.A. at the New York Asian Film Festival.

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Belle in Taiwan

Taiwanese Magazine Bella has just published a photoshoot and an interview of the young actress and model. Wearing Chanel, including Coco Crush jewelry and accessories, Nana Komatsu talks at length about her career as a model, fans, the internet, her love for acting as well as the soft spot she has for Taiwan. Original article in Chinese by ELI. (Photo session in Tokyo)

Among other things she says she never thought she could be loved by so many people and develops a lot on how new roles are experiences that enrich her as a person. Whether it is in the world of fashion or the cinema industry Nana Komatsu likes to challenge herself because difficulties are the road to improvement. She wants to learn more.

As a person who values friendship and real interaction with people she says she really appreciated the kindness of the Taiwanese. She hopes she’ll return there to enjoy natural spots and the food !!

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