Hear Her Out

“Always a pleasure to work with Chanel, always a pleasure to work with Nana” wrote photographer and director Julien Birban Lévy in a tweet announcing his new short film on Thursday May 19. The French artist who often uses Tokyo, Paris or New York as base camps previously worked with actress and model Komatsu Nana on several occasions, especially in 2016 for the short film There is no Tomorrow.

This time he put his efforts into ‘Hear me out‘ a short film clip for Chanel and Madame Figaro Japon. Duration: 2’48 – Soundtrack: Who’s it gonna be by Suo – text by Salomé Kiner (French).

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Yomei 10 Nen DVD on July 22

Director Michihito Fujii‘s box office hit The Last Ten Years reached Japanese theaters just a few months ago on March 4, yet it will be released on DVD and Bluray on July 22 and available on digital format as soon as June 24 ! Usually, it takes about 6 months (sometimes more) for films to be released on physical disc formats but surely Warner Japan wants to build on the momentum of the movie’s remarkable success.

Yomei10nen/The Last Ten years entered the charts at #1, topped the box office for three weeks in a row and remained in the top ten until it stopped being screened (bar a few special events) on May 12. With a gross revenue of nearly 3 billion yens (about 23.5 million USD), it has become the number 1 live action film in 2022.

Two different editions of The Last Ten Years will be issued: a standard version and a premium version (see below for some details), both on DVD or Bluray, all of them are already available for pre-order from various online stores. Bluray Premium: Amazon Japan – DVD Premium: CD Japan.

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Moonlight Shadow in South Korea

Distributed by Taeyang Media, Edmund Yeo‘s subtle and emotional adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s novella Moonlight Shadow hits South Korean theaters on Wednesday April 27. Recently screened at the Asian Film Festival in Rome, Italy, the movie has so far reached Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong (InDPanda Festival). The film also became available in various countries via Viki and Netflix


Promoting Drowning Love

Drowning Love aka Oboreru Knife (溺れるナイフ) was the second feature film of young female director Yamato Yuki. The movie hit Japanese theaters on November 5 in 2016 and over the years it has become a favourite amongst Komatsu Nana and Suda Masaki fans, partly because of its inner qualities (cinematography, plot, soundtrack) but also because of the growing popularity of its two leads.

Komatsu and Suda were co-stars again (first collaboration was for Destruction Babies) and Yamato‘s film gave them the proper environment to display remarkable onscreen chemistry. After that the two thespians met again in different projects like short films for Niko and and the 2020 hit that was Tapestry/Ito. What first united them on an artistic level reached another dimension when the two young stars announced their marriage in November 2021.

Interviews, stage greetings, premiere and special screenings, Komatsu Nana and Masaki Suda were pretty busy promoting the film back in Autumn 2016, here is a non exhaustive selection and compilation of pics (some HQ at the bottom of this post)

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