Not this time ! A recipient of an Excellence Prize for her role as Sonoda Aoi in Ito, actress Komatsu Nana did not get the supreme award in the Best Actress category. Experienced actress Nagasawa Masami was voted Best Actress by the Academy for her remarkable and powerful performance in Mother.
Nana Komatsu looked radiant and beautiful in a Chanel dress from the Haute Couture Fall 2019-2020 Collection, with a new haircut and wearing earrings at the top of her ears. Funnily, there was some interaction and questions from the MCs about her costar Masaki Suda (also a nominee as Best Actor) regarding the filming of Ito and their previous collaborations, much to the delight of fans who like to pair them more often than not.
Though she wasn’t awarded the Best Prize, it seems obvious that Komatsu Nana is no longer perceived as a newcomer, she grabbed several noms and awards during the last two years and it was the second year in a row the Academy gave her a nod. In years to come, there will be plenty of opportunities to rejoice and celebrate, she will sure get the leading parts in strong films that will propel her into a new and even greater dimension.
Ito aka Tapestry is available in different editions since February 2. Both DVD and Bluray have standard and deluxe versions, there is also a limited ‘super deluxe’ Bluray which includes mini posters and big size film cards. It’s even possible to get different bonuses or gifts depending on which store you purchase from. Standard, deluxe and ‘super’ deluxe Blurays from Amazon Japan.
The Bluray Deluxe edition includes: the film on BR, a 22-page booklet, a set of 5 photographs from the film (Suda x 2, Komatsu x 2, Suda+Komatsu x1) and a special DVD packed full of documentaries and reports for a total duration of approximately 140′. Special DVD contents: ‘making of’ documentary (36′), unreleased scenes (26′), Masaki Suda special interview and Nana Komatsu special interview (both with Lilico), premiere and promo events on video…
Actress Nana Komatsu is Aoi Sonoda in Ito aka Tapestry, director Takahisa Zeze’s summer hit in 2020. From Hokkaido to Singapore, Okinawa and Tokyo and through two eras –Heisei then the beginning of Reiwa– Aoi endures a lot: domestic violence, separation, disillusions and betrayal but she’ll triumph anyway. Determined, strong willed and undefeated, she will eventually reconnect with her roots and childhood love, Ren (Masaki Suda).
Acting wise, Komatsu Nana is perfect, her character is very different from the quirky, unconventional, odd or atypical characters she has often played. She’s just a woman with a great soul, simple yet superb. Here’s a selection of screencaps to celebrate.
Following a very decent box-office in 2020 (in the top ten), Takahisa Zeze‘s movie gets kudos from the Japanese Academy Awards. Excellence Prizes (equivalent to nominations) for Best Actor (Masaki Suda), Best Actress (Nana Komatsu) and Best Soundtrack (Seiji Kameda).
The 44th Japanese Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 19 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo where both winners (Grand Prize) and ‘nominees’ (Excellence Prize) will meet and discuss their works. This is the 3rd time actress Komatsu Nana gets a nod from the Academy (one win and one nom so far) thus inflating a pretty decent list of awards and nominations.
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.