Marathon Girl Yuki Hime

Samurai Marathon 1855 is definitely a bold take on the genre with unexpected yet thoroughly enjoyable elements of comedy. There is action too, especially when Jinnai (Takeru Satoh), Heikuro (Mirai Moriyama) and Princess Yuki Hime (Nana Komatsu) get tough on the baddies.

The film is also a must watch for the journey you get through the beautiful landscapes of the Yamagata Prefecture: kudos to Takuro Ishizaka, director of photography whose work is matched by a haunting score written by Philip Glass. For Nana Komatsu fans, it is a ‘must-not-miss’. As Princess Yuki Hime, one of the modernistic elements of the movie, she looks proud, brave and beautiful.

Here is a special post with screencaps and short clips from the film and the making of documentary. The bonus disc* is a real treat: Amazon Japan – CD Japan. *only available in the collector’s editions.



Lord Itakura’s daughter

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Samurai Marathon DVD

Bernard Rose‘s movie DVD was released in Japan on Wednesday 24 July. It is available as a standard edition or deluxe edition either on DVD or Blu-ray: Amazon JapanCD Japan. Below you’ll find selected excerpts from film reviews -with links to the original articles- illustrated with selected screen caps of Nana Komatsu as Yuki Hime.


“Our opener was a big hit, and one of our biggest opening films since Bad Genius[in 2017]. This is quite possibly the best “chambara” / samurai film I’ve seen since Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins; it’s a bit of a paradox that an Englishman directed it, but maybe a sign that cinema can truly be without borders sometimes.” Samuel Jamier, director of the New York Asian Film Festival (source)


Eastern Kicks: “Samurai Marathon is a wonderful narrative about a less known historical fact – the first Japanese marathon. While this historical event had no true effect in the unfolding of history, Samurai Marathon succeeds, by intermingling various narrative threads into an effective narrative structure and allowing dramatic musical pieces support its unfolding, in turning this event into an exciting jidaigeki narrative. Rose might have created a somewhat atypically packaged jidaigeki, but it provides everything one should expect of a contemporary mainstream example of the genre.”

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Cosmo China 2018

In January 2018, Cosmopolitan China issued three different editions of the magazine, one with Chinese model Dilireba, one with Korean star Suzy Bae and another one with Nana Komatsu. The editors issued the following statement (translated): “These three ladies were chosen not just for their beauty and popularity but are also proving their skills through their projects“.


Photos by Chen Man.



Sources: Cosmo WeiboSocosmo

Closed Ward Trailer

A trailer for Closed Ward is now available.

Theme song (光る空青く) by j-pop singer Kang Yoon-sung aka “K


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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…

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