Hamada Photoshoot 2015

Some photographers work with actress and model Nana Komatsu on a regular basis, Hideaki Hamada is one of them. The Osaka based artist has published several photobooks and presented his works in countless exhibitions. You can check his publications on his official site, he also has an Instagram account.

At the end of 2014, he had a photo session with her for the February 2015 edition of Soup Magazine. Hamada announced it on his Facebook page: “Shot Nana Komatsu, super talented Japanese model and actress for Soup. magazine issue 164.”

Atypical Avengers

When your super heroes do not pop out from some Marvel Comics but right from your local combini ! This could be the motto line for one of the weirdest, funniest and totally underrated Japanese comedy in recent years.

A pair of young guys become partners to fight crime in their area, then they are three when some ojisan joins them and eventually they become a fab four with a little help from some nerd-looking girl. They don’t have any superpowers: Ojisan with his cheap hammers is a very low key version of Thor, Toshida simply knows how to kick and fight and uses a few Peter Parker inspired gadgets, Kaori is just a smart girl and Nakatu, their leader, shows absolutely no skills whatsoever.

On the surface, the film might look like a succession of comical situations and dialogues, a series of farcical if not absurd incidents but there’s much more to it. Comedy, action and drama get all mixed to show a side of Japan you don’t find in tourist guides and more importantly there is an interesting political message that is delivered: a group of vigilantes can become a dangerous tool in the hands of ill-intentioned demagogues.

Mark Shilling from The Japan Times (2016):

Based on Shigeyuki Fukumitsu’s alternative manga “Seikatsu” (“Life”), the film is funny in smart off-kilter ways, while making astute observations about Japanese society in particular and human nature in general. Also, though produced by the major Japanese film companies — Nikkatsu and Toei — “Hero Mania” has an indie, even anarchic sensibility.

TV Spot

Acting wise, everyone does a fine job, Masataka Kubota is all punch and nerves and Nana Komatsu is a monument of dry wit. In the film, her character evolves from archive and plan making geek to hyper sexy secretary and that is fun to watch too.

Kaori Phase 1

Official Trailer

Kaori Phase 2

Blu-ray and DVD from CD Japan

See and watch more: bonus clips, vidcaps and official pics

Sayonara Kuchibiru DVD

Sayonara Kuchibiru (English title: Farewell Song) will be released on DVD and Bluray on October 25. Special features include: an audio commentary by Mugi Kadowaki and Nana Komatsu, a ‘making of’ documentary, premiere events, staff and production notes plus unreleased scenes. Details (Japanese).

Unreleased stills from Cinema Café