Thrill ! The Black Chapter (黒の章) and The Red Chapter (赤の章) was an NHK drama broadcast in February and March 2017. Both ‘chapters’ are parallel stories with detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police as a central protagonist and two other characters who often interfere: Shinnosuke Shirai the lawyer (Koji Yamamoto) and Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) an accountant who works for the general affairs department of the Police.
Whereas The Black Chapter deals with the adventures of both TogawaandShinnosuke with Hitomi in the background, The Red Chapter focuses on Togawa and Hitomi. Each chapter has 4 episodes with a runtime of approximately 48′ per episode.
Togawa: he is a determined detective, quick to act and he won’t back down when beating up criminals becomes necessary. Lawyer Shinnosuke often gets in the way and proves to be a hindrance more often than not. On the contrary, Hitomi is a helper and without her Togawa wouldn’t be able to solve difficult and sometimes mysterious cases.
Hitomi: she is not a detective, her job is to check if the members of the police, whatever their position, make proper use of public money. She’d love to be one though and she definitely could: smart and nosy she’s fast thinking and knows how criminals act and play to fool people as her own father was a conman.
The company which produced this short film (Qotori Films) no longer exists and the director’s facebook page disappeared for some time… the good news is that director Daisuke Shimada is back in business on both Instagram and Facebook and it is now possible to purchase the Tadaima DVD again !
The DVD is a nice single disc digipack with a booklet, the film on HD and a bonus music clip, an alternate version of Tin Plate/ブリキ by Radwimps, featuring Nana Komatsu. The short film was released in 2013, and it actually was the first real cinema appearance of the actress, before The World of Kanako.
It’s a moving story, a trip on a taxi to the Tohoku region where a teen girl, Sumire, has lost her home and parents because of the terrible tsunami which hit Japan on March 11, 2011. More details about Tadaima on this post which was published in June 2019: Tadaima Short Film.
The 90th Kinema Junpo Awards were held at the Bunkyo Civic Hall in Tokyo on February 5 2017. There, actress KomatsuNana received the prestigious award in the “Best New Actress” category for her performances in Destruction Babies, Drowning Love and Maniac Hero.
As it was the first time an audience event was being held for most of them since the covid crisis began, everyone on stage looked very pleased, especially actress Komatsu Nana who said she felt like home. There was much talk about the good memories they all had from late night shootings and also about Chie, the dog (Sakura)
Sakura, the new film from Hitoshi Yazaki is out in Japan today. Here’s a small collection of recent promo or ‘making of’ pics plus a series of links to the latest interviews given by the two actors who were the most active in promoting the movie: Kitamura Takumi and Komatsu Nana. Official Film Site.
Sakura, the new opus from director Hitoshi Yazaki, will hit Japanese theaters next week on Friday 13th. Different media outlets (Oricon, TV Tokyo…) have released videoclips with interviews, excerpts from the film and the making of as well as one long scene with the Hasegawa family