A nightmare within a dream

‘Why don’t we see Komatsu Nana more often in series or drama?’ is a question that often comes up in her fandom. Interviewed by Cinema Today in May 2019, the actress told the reporter it was basically a choice as she much preferred being on a film site for much longer periods of time. She’s been in a few drama though (see Filmography) and among those, Yume wo ataeru (2015) was a memorable one.

The four episodes of this Wowow production were broadcast in May and June 2015 and tell the story or rather the rise and fall of a young star and idol. On top of a family drama, it is also a rather strong criticism of the media and showbiz combo. It is quite universal as Japan is far from being the only country where stars are made so that people worship them at first and then crucify them at the first misstep. Great acting there and Rinko Kikuchi (the mother) and Nana Komatsu (the daughter) steal the show.


Plot by Asian Wiki staff: 13 years ago, the Abe family moved to a town in the suburbs, surrounded by nature. The Abe family consists of their French father Toma (De Lencquesaing Thomas Nozomi), his Japanese wife Mikiko (Rinko Kikuchi) and their beautiful daughter Yuko (Kanon Tani). They appear like the perfect family. Mikiko managed to get her daughter Yuko to take part in a CM audition and she was picked by Murano (Joe Odagiri), director of the advertising agency. Yuko is now in show business.

Several years later, Yuko (Nana Komatsu) transfers to a large entertainment company. As her mother wishes, Yuko is now popular and appears on the cover of magazines, variety shows and drama series. Yuko, though, feels an uncomfortable imbalance between her public image and her real self. During this time, she meets a dancer, Seiko (Mackenyu), who marches to the beat of his own drum, and falls in love with him. The nightmare begins.


The DVD is no longer available from most, if not all, online stores. From time to time, pre-owned copies surface on Ebay or Amazon but more often than not, prices can exceed $100 ! The best option is to look for it on Yahoo Auctions Japan or, if you’re a resident in Japan, try a Book Off store. Streaming available from Amazon Japan Prime.


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Filming Monica

When Nana Komatsu passed a video audition for Silence, a project director Martin Scorsese had been working on for more than 20 years, she hardly was a household name for cinema goers. Her filmography amounted to a handful of movies, among them Nakashima‘s The World of Kanako, a film that launched her acting career.

Filming took place in Taiwan in 2015, a country the young star returned to on several occasions since that time. As Monica, a young country girl who had embraced the Christian faith, she delivered a good perf in the few scenes she had.

Though it was just a supporting role, she shared the glory with American big stars like Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson or Adam Driver and an impressive cast of seasoned Japanese actors, among them Shinya TsukamotoYosuke Kubozuka or Tadanobu Asano. Here is a small collection of pics and clips to remember.



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Teaser and poster for Ito

The production has just released the poster and a first trailer (a 30″ teaser) for Takahisa Zeze‘s next movie, to be released in Japanese theaters on April 24. Synopsis and officials links below.




Synopsis from AsianWiki: Ren Takahashi (Masaki Suda) and Aoi Sonoda (Nana Komatsu) were both born in 1989. They met for the first time at the age of 13 and became each other’s first love, but they separated. At the age of 21, they met again. They were unable to undo their past. Now, they are 31-years-old.

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2019 HIGHLIGHTS

Three movies (Samurai Marathon, Farewell Song aka Sayonara Kuchibiru and Closed Ward aka Family of strangers) with a decent harvest of awards and nominations, plus interviews, photoshoots and featured articles in more than sixty different magazines in Japan but also in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mainland China and the USA, 2019 has been a good year for actress and model Komatsu Nana.

Here’s two galleries with selected moments, totally non exhaustive of course and absolutely subjective, to share and celebrate. Enjoy !


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Hochi Film Awards Ceremony

The 44th Hochi Film Awards ceremony was held at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel located in the Minato District on Wednesday December 18 (yesterday, Japanese time). Winner of the “Best Supporting Actress” award for ther roles in Kuru/It comes and Closed Ward, Nana Komatsu was also nominated in the Best Actress category (for Farewell Song).

Director Hideyuki Hirayama attended and praised his actress for her performance as Yuki (Closed Ward aka Family of strangers). Nana Komatsu said such awards made her feel more confident.


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Samurai Marathon UK Release


SAmurai Marathon release in the U.K. on January 20th 2020

Signature Entertainment, one of the leading distribution companies in the UK, will release Bernard Rose‘s movie Samurai Marathon on Monday January 2020 in a HD Digital format.

From the official press release:  Inspired by a real-life race that is still held annually in Japan, Samurai Marathon is an epic sword slasher from the team behind 13 Assassins and The Last Emperor. In the late feudal era of Japan, a young ninja (Satoh) is operating undercover in the court of an aging Lord during a peaceful era of Japan that is on the brink of change. After the Lord challenges his lazy samurais to a punishing marathon to toughen them up, the ninja finds his loyalties put to the test. Facing impossible odds, this unusual band of characters is running a race to win or die. 

Starring Takeru Satoh, Nana Komatsu, Shôta Sometani (First Love) and Danny Huston (The Aviator), Samurai Marathon is thrilling adventure with original music from legendary composer Philip Glass (A Brief History of Time, The Hours). 




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