Fan’s Voice silences a fan’s voice

On Friday September 24, Mr Mitsuo Yoshizawa, the editor of Fan’s Voice*, a media outlet based in Japan filed a complaint against me on Twitter for copyright infringements. (*mind your computer, their site is not even secure: no https)

  1. Use of pictures exclusive to their interview
  2. Link to an ‘unauthorized’ English translation -mine- of the same interview

The pics must have been downloaded and reposted a thousand times and they are all over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (not mentioning other networks, blogs etc…). As to the interview, chances it might be translated by professional and legit sites are zilch, if not below zero. Nana Komatsu is no doubt famous beyond Japan, they’re not !

I’ve been working on my own, no team, no connexions, and little money, I actually pay a rent to Word Press for what is just a fan thing. No ads, no benefits from any site whatsoever, it is absolutely non profit making and I naively thought that the sources I always mention would be happy to get some extra exposure. Those who have used their pictures on pages paved with Google Ads, porn redirections and god-knows-what ways to make money must feel like it’s Independance Day thanks to the likes of Yoshizawa and Fan’s Voice -sigh- 

No wonder Japanese cinema is lagging behind and that corporate Japan is going down when the zillion laws they have are used not to target true pirates and thieves but rather dedicated fans who are generally harmless and well-intentioned Netizens. They make me think of those police forces who harass law-abiding citizens while true and ruthless criminals parade in the neighbourhood.

This is just one incident but what’s next? another pic, an excerpt, a simple vidcap? the thing is that apart from links and generic daffodil pictures everything is copyrighted. This is not worth it, I’m done.

The Blog won’t be updated, comments are closed. Unless Word Press takes the blog down before I do because of a possible law suit, it should still be visible for some time but I stopped believing in Father Xmas long ago.

It has been a pleasure to have fans and readers around (up to 20,000 hits per month) to share the love and admiration for talented and beautiful actress and model Komatsu Nana. Sayonara.

The Last Ten Years

Rumors of actor Kentaro Sakaguchi and actress Nana Komatsu co-starring in a movie surfaced on a regular basis throughout 2021. On Wednesday September 22, it has been finally and formally announced ‘The Last Ten Years‘ will hit Japanese theaters in Spring 2022. Filming actually took a whole year, with periods of breaks, through the four seasons…

Directed by Michihito Fujii (The Journalist, Day and Night, Yakuza and the Family…) it is based on the true life and sad story of Ruka Kosaka whose novel Yomei 10-nen (余命10年) was published in 2007. The writer suffered from an incurable disease and passed away in 2017.

Plot (Yahoo Japan): Nana Komatsu plays Mari, a 20-year-old girl who learns that she has only 10 years to live due to an incurable disease that affects only one in tens of thousands of people. Knowing her own life expectancy, she vows not to fall in love, but is attracted to Kazuto (Kentaro Sakaguchi), whom she meets at a local reunion of former schoolmates.

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Moonlight Shadow Talk (downgraded)

Fans Voice have asked actress Nana Komatsu to comment and develop on her filming experience with director Edmund Yeo in what is possibly the most in-depth Moonlight Shadow interview published so far.

Post entirely edited: all pics deleted. Translated paragraphs erased following an official complaint on Twitter (see below) and a lawsuit to come.

FAN’S VOICE silences a fan’s voice

On Friday September 25, Mister Mitsuo Yoshizawa, Editor of Fan’s Voice lodged an official complaint against me on Twitter. Next step is a lawsuit, I will probably have to hire a lawyer. Here’s what I received from Twitter Support (summary):

Copyright owner: Fan’s Voice – Name: Mitsuo Yoshizawa – Company: Fan’s Voice – Job title: Editor – Address: 3-7-5-1001 Irifune – City: Chuo-ku – State/Province: Tokyo – Postal code: 104-0042 – Phone (optional): 03-6280-3186

Description of original request: Photographs of Japanese actress Nana Komatsu, exclusively shot for use in our interview article. Links to original work:

Description of infringement: The users have copied the photograph from our article and reposted on their Twitter account (the first image of both tweets) without permission. In addition, the second tweet contains a link to a page that contains non-permitted translation and duplicated photographs of our interview piece.

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Moonlight Shadow x Parallax

Naoki Obukuro wrote and performed the song Parallax, Moonlight Shadow’s director Edmund Yeo made the clip. Obukuro came under the spotlight back in 2016 when he performed a duet -Tomodachi- with J-pop super star Utada Hikaru for her come-back album Fantôme.

With this music video, viewers can get a taste of the luscious visuals and cinematography of the movie…

Edited with the director’s comments below

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Edmund Yeo Interview

The Moonlight Shadow interview

The following interview is the original English transcription of an exclusive interview for Blog Fascinant Japon, a French speaking media outlet. It was translated into French and published on September 5. Due thanks to director Edmund Yeo for his time and kindness…

You moved to Japan in 2008 for your Masters and Phd at Waseda University, Tokyo, what was the driving force behind that move?

Like many of my generation, I grew up with Japanese anime and manga. My familiarity with these gradually led to an interest in Japanese films, music and literature as well. And I believe my love for Japanese culture grew stronger during a couple of family trips I made in Japan as a child.

Once I finished my studies in Australia. I wanted to pursue my childhood dreams of filmmaking. Japanese Cinema had received international attention and acclaim for a really long time. I was curious to learn more, so I decided to go.

Several short films you made are based on Japanese short stories and more often than not the action takes place in both Malaysia and Japan, are you building cultural bridges? 

Because of the personal nature of my films, where I reach from my own experiences and emotions to interpret these Japanese short stories for the screen, I try using settings that I’m familiar with, hence Malaysia, a place where I grew up in, and Japan, where I spent most of my twenties in.

And I always do believe that cinema is a bridge to a different culture, since I have learnt a lot about the world and the different cultures through cinema, perhaps in a way, that is why I myself was trying to find a connection between these two countries which played such big roles in my life.

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Set date for Parasite in Love

Parasite in Love theatrical release set for November 12, 2021. The production team made new film stills available on Tuesday September 14.

Synopsis from Asian Wiki: A young man named Kengo Kosaka (Kento Hayashi) suffers from extreme mysophobia. Due to his compulsive disorder, he is unable to maintain a relationship with anyone (…) Meanwhile, high school student Hijiri Sanagi (Nana Komatsu) has scopophobia. Because of her fear of being stared at, she refuses to go to school. Both Kengo Kosaka and Hijiri Sanagi do not expect to find love with another person, but they meet and fall in love. They have happy days, but ….

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