In February and March 2012, department store Shibuya 109 opened 23 new stores as part of their renovation scheme. One of them, ‘Against’, presented a ladies’ wear collection designed by Masonic Design Office Ltd (メソニックデザインオフィス). Model was 16-year-old Nana Komatsu.
In 2011, 15-year-old Nana Komatsu was chosen as a model in a promo campaign for The Apia Dome aka Apia JR TOWER in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Though she hardly was a household name at the time, she was becoming increasingly visible in magazines such as Spoon, Jille, Papier or Haco and more often than not, her photoshoots already had that odd, slightly offbeat quality that became some sort of trademark.
Hairstyle: Kazunori Miyasaka.
Sumire, a teenage girl, convinces a taxi driver to take her to her homeplace in the Tohoku region. There, they find an area which was ravaged by the tsunami that followed the megathrust earthquake on March 11, 2011. The disaster destroyed her house and took away her parents. Through compassion and carefully chosen words, the man will offer the young girl what she has lost: the will to survive and live.
This short film (runtime is approximately 27′) was presented in 2013 at the Tama Cinema Forum. Directed by Daisuke Shimada and produced by Qotori Films, it cast only two actors, Shohei Uno and a complete newcomer in the world of cinema, 17-year-old Nana Komatsu.
Tadaima enjoyed a second life when the company decided to release it on DVD in October 2016. That was good timing as the actress and model film and media exposure was quite spectacular that year. The digipack item included a booklet, the film on DVD and a bonus music clip, an alternate version of Tin Plate/ブリキ by Radwimps, featuring Nana Komatsu.
It has become a rather hard to find collectable item these days, it is no longer available from any store, including the Qotori Online store for the company no longer exists and ceased all activities last December. Yahoo Japan Auctions might be a good option to get a copy.
I truly recommend Tadaima, it is a moving story full of grief and hope. Nana Komatsu fans will also find out that some of her acting characteristics were already there: natural, spontaneous, nuanced and ‘old school’ as much is conveyed through her eyes. Fun and excentricity too, there’s a rather comical passage once she gets in the cab (watch the excerpt below).
14-year-old Nana Komatsu was then a child/teen model promoted by 3BJunior, the under age department of Stardust Promotion. They scouted her in the Harajuku area, Tokyo, recruited her and soon she appeared in magazines such as Cutie, Haco, Jille or Spoon…
Though she shares it with model and actress Miwako Wagatsuma, it can be seen as her very first photobook. First published on November 25, 2010, it was reissued in September 2018, as a paperback edition. It can be purchased from various sites including Amazon Japan where it’s easy to switch from Japanese to English. Buy from Amazon !