The last that ever she saw him carried away by a moonlight shadow…Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous novel published in 1986 was indeed inspired by Mike Oldfield‘s most emblematic song (1983). The main character, Satsuki, is a young woman “coming to terms with the death of her boyfriend, Hitoshi, in a car accident and her friendship with her boyfriend’s brother, Hiiragi, whose girlfriend, Yumiko, also died in the same accident. With Japanese cultural and surrealistic themes, it is an example of Yoshimoto’s clean writing style that portrays the emotions of grief, loss, and hope.” (from Wikipedia)
Actress Komatsu Nana is Satsuki thus taking the lead in the novel’s adaptation by Singapore born Malaysian director Edmund Yeo (We, The Dead – Malu…). Set for release next fall.
‘Something just like this’, a song collaboration between American duo The Chainsmokers and British band Cold Play, was a worldwide hit that went #1 in 70 countries including Japan. The official video for the track was basically a lyrics clip with few visuals. Director, writer and producer Genki Kawamura decided to make a special one for Japan.
Kawamura set up a dream team: dance artist Kento Mori was in charge of the choreography, Chuya Koyama (widely known for Space Brothers) designed the characters, renowned cinematographer Keisuke Imamura was behind the camera helped by Yuki Nakamura for the lighting. Shingo Abe dealt with the CG effects under the direction of Yasuhiro Aoki as the clip was a mix of live action and animation sequences.
Story: a young boy who dreams of becoming a super hero like Superman or Batman but has no real ability meets a woman, falls for her and eventually learns from her to grow up as a ‘hero’ who will inspire others. The video music clip starring actress Komatsu Nana and the then fifth-grader Koki Kirimoto was released on May 25, 2017.