In 2016, Nana Komatsu starred in Destruction Babies, a somber, nihilistic and utterly violent tale which was met with either love or hate reviews ! She impersonated Nana -a hostess working in a Yakuza owned club- who at some point in the story finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Nana Komatsu was just 20 and skilfully handled dark scenes, a performance rewarded with several nominations and awards.
OnderHond: “As for the actors, they do a pretty spectacular job. Yuya Yagira (Dare mo Shiranai) takes on the role of Taira and almost effortlessly embodies one of the most enigmatic and charismatic characters I’ve come across in recent memory. Taira is almost impossible to read, but his sly grin, misplaced sense of amusement and disturbingly haphazard attitude make for a truly interesting character. Masaki Suda and Nana Komatsu are equally charismatic, though their motivations are at least somewhat more understandable. It’s a stellar cast”
Since early May 2018, Nana Komatsu had been busy promoting Koi Ame, a live action movie in which she starred with Yo Oizumi. On June 1, Bis Magazine online released a preview of its forthcoming July edition: the actress and model on the cover, a 10-page article and over 30 pics on glossy paper ! This magazine is still available from various online stores like Amazon Japan.
In October 2014, Nana Komatsu made the cover of Kimono Hime issue 12, a mook published by Shodensha. It included 11 gorgeous full page photographs of the model wearing kimono. The Kimono Princess mook is still available from various online stores like Amazon Japan or CD Japan.
‘You know what is the rarest thing on earth? It’s not gold, it is not stardust, it is not platinum nor antimatter. The rarest thing of all is benevolence.’ This is one of the lines you hear from an unnamed character in ‘There is no tomorrow’ (明日なんてない – Ashita nante nai), a short film by French photographer, director and writer Julien Levy.
The self-produced movie (released in 2016 – runtime: 10’24”) showcased actress Nana Komatsu in a long monologue, filmed and directed by Lévy. Their collaboration was based on a common wish to make something ‘radical’.
The previous year, Julien Lévy organised a photo session with the actress for his forthcoming photobook, Every Day Is Doomsday, which is still available from various online stores, including Amazon.
A couple of weeks ago, Film Lincoln Center released the video of the Q&A session. Director Bernard Rose has a pretty good sense of humour and both he and his lead actress tell a few interesting things about filming and directing in Japan.
In May and June 2018, actress Nana Komatsu was busy promoting Koi Ame aka After The Rain, a live action movie directed by Akira Nagai, in which she starred with Yo Oizumi: magazines, interviews, premiere events or TV shows on a daily basis. She made the cover of Big Comic Spirits Weekly on June 4, #25. Photos by Chizuru Abe.