150 Years of Shiseido

Shiseido (株式会社資生堂) is the biggest cosmetics company in Japan, founded in 1872, it is also one of the oldest companies in the world. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, a brand new CM with vintage flavour has been released: actresses Komatsu Nana, Ando Sakura, Ikeda Elaiza, Ishida Yuriko, Kondo Hana, Nagasawa Masami, Hirose Suzu and Maeda Beverly participated …

Komatsu Nana‘s comment: ‘Congratulations on your 150th anniversary. I am very honoured to be working with you on this occasion. I have always been warmly welcomed by everyone at Shiseido, and I have had a wonderful time during photo shoots. I will continue to work hard and am looking forward to working with you in the future.’

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The Kodai Family Prequel

The Kodai Family was a feature film released in 2016 with Haruka Ayase and Takumi Saito as leads. At the time, dTV Channel (Avex) released Kodai Family’s People SP, a two-part drama, a sort of prequel/spin-off which was, just like the movie, based on the manga Kodaike no Hitobito (高台家の人々) co-starring Nana Komatsu and Mamiya Shotaro in the lead roles.

Unlike most actresses of her generation, Nana Komatsu seldom appears in TV series or drama. Although it is quite possible that shooting schedules are not compatible with her activities as a model (magazines, Chanel events, CMs etc…) it is more like a personal choice. In an interview for Cinema Today (May 2019) the actress confessed she found long filming sessions in different places and with a lot of different people more rewarding…

Kodai Family SP is not as interesting as Yume wo ataeru or Thrill! The Black Chapter and The Red Chapter, however fans of the actress will surely find it pleasant enough.

The two episodes are really hard to find on the Internet. So far, I’ve only seen Thai-subbed and French-subbed versions. From time to time they’re available from dTV’s Video On Demand Service (fee applies)

See and watch more: trailer, pics, making of…

Thai theaters for Moonlight Shadow

Director Edmund Yeo‘s Moonlight Shadow, a poetic and moving adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous novella still on its journey through countries, festivals and streaming options: first Japan, then Taïwan and Malaysia, the next theatrical release date is February 10 for Thailand. On the same day, it will be streamed in Japan via Netflix. Other regions for either Netflix or Viki should be announced in the coming weeks…

Satsuki, running… in the vain hope it will sweep away the pain. Just one of the many emotional moments from this delicate movie in which Komatsu Nana really delivered a great and sensitive performance. Music by Aaken.

Sources: Thai HyperLove7 (Twitter)

Haco Spica 2011

Back in 2011, 15-year-old Komatsu Nana was a teen model who often appeared in catalogs for Haco (Haco-Spica). Pics on this post are rather hard to find, small size shots, mostly collected from Weibo, Naver searches and numerous Chinese sites.

In those days, the young model was still at school and spent many week-ends in Tokyo for photosessions. She was backed by 3B Junior, the underage division of Stardust Promotion. More on her debuts in various posts such as The Early Days, First Mag Cover (for Spoon) or Panasonic Commercials

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Parasite in Love DVD

Parasite in Love, the latest opus from director, photographer and video-maker Kensaku Kakimoto will be available on DVD/Bluray from March 23 onwards. The Bluray edition has interesting bonuses such as the making of, the official trailer and some event footage (most certainly the Premiere)…

It is possible to pre-order it from various online stores. Non Japanese speakers may find it easier to do it from Amazon Japan as the site displays some English information and instructions: Bluray.

outtakes by Nico Perez

see and watch more: trailer, bonus sequence