Nana Komatsu graces the cover of the December 2019 edition of Mina Magazine (pic at the end of the article). Over a year and a half ago she surprised the public and her fans when she appeared with a short hair brand new look while promoting her new film –Kids on the Slope– in February 2018. In the following months she made the cover of several magazines, here is the photoshoot for Mina, July issue.
The forthcoming release of Madame Figaro Japan with Nana Komatsu and Ayami Nakajo on the cover (December issue) is a good opportunity to be reminded of a previous collaboration for Vogue Japan in 2016: photoshoot and clip by German photographer and director Ellen von Unwerth.
The Red Chapter is the second instalment of Thrill ! The Black Chapter and The Red Chapter, an NHK drama. The four episodes were broadcast between February 22 and March 15, 2017. Detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Metropolitan Police Department teams up with young Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) to solve intriguing murder cases.
In fact, Hitomi is not a detective but an accountant whose job is to check the receipts sent by police officers to the administration in order to make sure the taxpayers’ money is properly used. Smart and Inquiring to the point of being nosy, she often ‘borrows’ the small black notebook on which Togawa writes down the details of his investigations. Hitomi knows all the tricks of the trade because her own father (who abandoned her when she was a teen) was a conman.
Funny situations and dialogues, making faces, wacky attitudes, Hitomi is definitely not your average ‘detective’ and it’s as if Nana Komatsu was given the green light to use her sense of humour and playful side to the max in order to impersonate a truly offbeat character.
Episode 3 surely is the most intriguing chapter of the series. The pair has to investigate missing persons cases in a hotel which is just as mysterious. Eerie!
Below is a series of screencaps plus the full episode (SD version – 640×480)
Nana Komatsu has graced the cover of Rudi Magazine several times. In the Vol.2 issue (November 2015) she was promoting clothes sold by Kastane stores in Japan. The magazine, now out of print, may be found on eBay or Yahoo Auctions Japan, second hand copies surface from time to time on Amazon Japan.
In 2018, Nana Komatsu was in several CMs for the Ora2 Me series, thus adding Sunstar to the already long list of brands, firms and companies commercials she has been in. Sunstar is a group which “provides high-value-added products and services in the areas of oral care, health and beauty” (Sunstar). Ambassador Campaign – Tooth Brush campaign.
Synopsis fromAsian Wiki: Akira Tachibana is a 17-year-old high school student. She was once a promising athlete, but an injury has prevented her from taking part in track and field. One day, Akira Tachibana goes to a family restaurant and the manager talks to her in a tender voice. This makes Akira Tachibana begin working part-time at the restaurant. The manager is 45-year-old Masami Kondo (Yo Oizumi) and he is divorced with a child. Akira Tachibana falls in love with him.
FromCinema Escapist: “While the romance — given the age difference — was never meant to be, seeing someone young and passionate like Akira rekindles Masami’s own forgotten feelings of youthful passion towards literature (…) their romance touched both of them deeply and made them rediscover something both of them had forgotten — how much they loved their own passions (…) After the Rain did a great job of handling Akira and Masami’s relationship in a nuanced, tasteful way”
FromAsian Movie Web: “After the Rain” succeeds in creating more than enough three-dimensionality with its hints. That this isn’t your classic love story can also be made out by the fact that director Akira Nagai doesn’t use interior shots flooded with sunlight as is common in the genre, but captures his pictures with a down to earth style. The relationship between Masami and Akira is difficult and Masami is more than enough of a realist to not just indulge in this love which certainly is flattering to his ego. Yet, he doesn’t attempt to simply reject Akira, but helps her on her way to deal with the situation – and not just with her love for him, but also where she’s at in life at the moment. A movie which accordingly comes across as very mature and still remains a romantic movie in parts. A well-achieved balance.
making of Gallery (official pics)
Special Reports (Japanese)
In the first video, Nana Komatsu and co-star Yo Oizumi revisit some of the places where the shooting took place, in Yokohama. The second video is from the making of.