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.

Nana Komatsu will attend for a Q&A session with director Bernard Rose. She will also receive a special prize: the Rising Star Asia Award.

Komatsu Nana is on the cusp of superstardom in Japan, in demand not only as an actress but also known as an influencer and fashion icon. Martin Scorsese recognized her appeal early on, choosing her for a small role in Silence (2016); and as the kickass heroine of Samurai Marathon, she proves why she deserved the recognition. Komatsu made her film debut just 5 short years ago, playing Yakusho Koji’s wild daughter in Nakashima Tetsuya’s The World of Kanako (2014). She was honored with many acting awards and won the Japan Academy Prize for Rookie of the Year. She then chose to follow an unusual path: rather than appearing in dozens of films and TV shows, which is typical for Japan’s up-and-coming actors, she has selected projects carefully and taken roles that demonstrate an impressive versatility in one so young (she is just 23)… Source: NYAFF.

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