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).
On Tuesday January 17, 2017, at the Roppongi Hills Toho Cinema, legendary American Director Martin Scorsese had come all the way from the US to Tokyo for the Japanese Premiere of his latest film: Silence/Chinmoku.
His star-studded Japanese cast was there too: Tadanobu Asano, cult director and actor Shinya Tsukamoto, Yosuke Kubozuka, Ryo Kase and 20-year-old Nana Komatsu who had made her Hollywood debut in the film as Monica, a young country girl whose Christian faith sealed her destiny, to a tragic end.
Her screen time was rather short and it was indeed a small supporting role but her flawless performance in different scenes did leave an impression, it was remarkable enough for the US media to take notice: Variety.
The Red Chapter is the second instalment of Thrill ! The Black Chapter and The Red Chapter, an NHK drama which was broadcast in February and March 2017. Detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Metropolitan Police Department teams up with young Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) to solve difficult murder cases.
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, 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 the series is a must watch for those who want to see Nana Komatsu dealing with comedy, impersonating a truly offbeat character.
In this final episode of The Red Chapter the team has to deal with a group of terrorists. As usual Hitomi found all the answers but then she was captured by the baddies, will Togawa have the brains and the guts to come and rescue her?
Below is a series of screencaps plus the full episode (SD version – 640×480)
Released in Japanese theaters on May 31 Farewell Song (Japanese title: Sayonara Kuchibiru/さよならくちびる) has made it into the selection of various international film festivals since that release. It’s been available on DVD & Bluray since October 25 and the two editions offer interesting material: making of documentary, unreleased scenes, events, various clips. CD Japan – Amazon Japan
Farewell Song is a Gaga production, yet, it definitely has some indie flavour attached to it. Not much happens in terms of action, no spectacular twist either, however it is more than just a pleasant watch thanks to director Akihiko Shiota‘s fine script and the remarkable perfs of its three main actors: Ryo Narita (Shima the manager and roadie), Mugi Kadowaki (Haru the songwriter) and Nana Komatsu (Reo/Leo the singer).
Below is a celebration with screencaps from the film and the ‘making of’ plus a few scenes (short excerpts only).
November 1, Closed Ward aka Family of Strangers has finally hit Japanese theaters, nationwide. The production chose the TOEI Cinema in Marunouchi, Tokyo for the official opening. Tsurube Shofukutei, Go Ayano, Nana Komatsu, other cast members and Director Hirayama were there to entertain the audience. Special ‘guest’ was a Sake barrell full of packs of kintsuba, a Japanese deli generally stuffed with sweet red beans.