Yesterday* in Tokyo, at the T-Joy Prince Cinema (Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Takanawa), there was a promo event for Closed Ward aka Family of Strangers, Hideyuki Harama‘s new film due for release in Japan on November 1. Co-stars Nana Komatsu and Tsurube Shofukutei attended as well as supporting actresses Reiko Kataoka, Satomi Kobayashi and director Harayama. Veteran actor Shofukutei was delighted when the actresses offered him gifts, among them a knitted hat from his young co-star Nana Komatsu.*(Japanese time)
The Red Chapter is the second instalment of Thrill ! The Black Chapter and The Red Chapter, an NHK drama. The four episodes were broadcast between February 22 and March 15, 2017. Detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Metropolitan Police Department teams up with young Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) to solve intriguing murder cases.
In fact, 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 to the point of being nosy, 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 it’s as if Nana Komatsu was given the green light to use her sense of humour and playful side to the max in order to impersonate a truly offbeat character.
Episode 3 surely is the most intriguing chapter of the series. The pair has to investigate missing persons cases in a hotel which is just as mysterious. Eerie!
Below is a series of screencaps plus the full episode (SD version – 640×480)
Big promo event on Thursday 26 at the TOEI Cinema in Marunouchi, Tokyo with a preview screening of Closed Ward, directed by Hideyuki Hirayama, nearly 6 weeks before a nationwide release on November 1. Tsurube Shofukutei, Go Ayano and Nana Komatsu entertained the crowd and K performed the theme song. Director Hirayama attended as well.
The Bluray and DVD collector’s editions for Samurai Marathon include a bonus disc which is really worth the extra money: superb making of documentary, premiere event report and various interviews. (Amazon Japan – CD Japan)
The atmosphere of involvement, complicity and good humor from the cast, which pervades the Making of Documentary, can also be felt in the 3SHOT Interview with Takeru Satou, Mirai Moriyama and Nana Komatsu.
The actors are asked about difficult scenes, things they had to care or worry about and if Bernard Rose, being a foreign director, was different from Japanese directors. We get the impression that the shooting was exciting and enjoyable but rather demanding both physically and mentally. For instance, Mirai Moriyama recalls the water he had to swim in was awfully cold.
Takeru Satou had no problem running with others but he was asked to deliver extra speed when he was on his own. Nana Komatsu was a bit worried about her kimono (a very valuable and unique piece) not getting dirty or wet, quite an issue when one considers weather conditions in Japan (end of summer, early fall). The three actors portray director Bernard Rose as a nice and benevolent man who relies a lot on his actors’ ability to be spontaneous.
The interview ends in a rather relax and casual way as we learn that Mirai Moriyama intends to learn the French language (he likes the sound of it) and Nana Komatsu wants to cycle around the entire island of Taiwan 🙂
Synopsis fromAsian Wiki: Akira Tachibana is a 17-year-old high school student. She was once a promising athlete, but an injury has prevented her from taking part in track and field. One day, Akira Tachibana goes to a family restaurant and the manager talks to her in a tender voice. This makes Akira Tachibana begin working part-time at the restaurant. The manager is 45-year-old Masami Kondo (Yo Oizumi) and he is divorced with a child. Akira Tachibana falls in love with him.
FromCinema Escapist: “While the romance — given the age difference — was never meant to be, seeing someone young and passionate like Akira rekindles Masami’s own forgotten feelings of youthful passion towards literature (…) their romance touched both of them deeply and made them rediscover something both of them had forgotten — how much they loved their own passions (…) After the Rain did a great job of handling Akira and Masami’s relationship in a nuanced, tasteful way”
FromAsian Movie Web: “After the Rain” succeeds in creating more than enough three-dimensionality with its hints. That this isn’t your classic love story can also be made out by the fact that director Akira Nagai doesn’t use interior shots flooded with sunlight as is common in the genre, but captures his pictures with a down to earth style. The relationship between Masami and Akira is difficult and Masami is more than enough of a realist to not just indulge in this love which certainly is flattering to his ego. Yet, he doesn’t attempt to simply reject Akira, but helps her on her way to deal with the situation – and not just with her love for him, but also where she’s at in life at the moment. A movie which accordingly comes across as very mature and still remains a romantic movie in parts. A well-achieved balance.
making of Gallery (official pics)
Special Reports (Japanese)
In the first video, Nana Komatsu and co-star Yo Oizumi revisit some of the places where the shooting took place, in Yokohama. The second video is from the making of.
The Red Chapter is the second instalment of Thrill ! The Black Chapter and The Red Chapter, a drama produced by NHK. The four episodes were broadcast in winter 2015 between February 22 and March 15. Detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Metropolitan Police Department teams up with young Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) to solve difficult and intriguing murder cases.
Hitomi is not a detective, though she truly wishes to become one. She is a clerk in the general affairs section of the Metropolitan Police and her job is to check the receipts sent by agents while in mission to make sure the taxpayers’ money is properly used. She often ‘borrows’ the small black notebook on which Togawa writes down the details of his investigations. Smart Hitomi thinks fast and she knows all the tricks used by criminals because her own father, who abandoned her when she was a teen, was a mighty conman.
Below you will get galleries of quality video captures and a low res* subbed version of episode two in which Hitomi puts herself at risk. (*640×480)