A Devil, a Prince and Yu

2014-2016: a newcomer in the world of cinema -her career was launched by director Tetsuya Nakashima with The World of Kanako (June 2014)- Nana Komatsu starred in several romantic comedies during that 2-year period, among those a drama and a movie based on the same manga series: ‘Kurosaki kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai’ (黒崎くんの言いなりになんてならない meaning ‘I won’t do what Kurosaki-kun says’).

The NTV drama ‘Black Devil and White Prince‘ was broadcast on December 22 and 23, 2015, the two episodes (about 45’ each) were a prequel to the movie Kurosaki kun no Iinari ni Nante Naranai which hit Japanese theaters a few weeks later, on February 27, 2016.

Both the TV movie and the featured film had about the same cast, with Kento Nakajima (Black Devil) from Sexy Zone and Yudai Chiba (White Prince) as the male leads. Nana Komatsu was Yu Akabane, a pretty yet shy and awkward high school girl who becomes the love interest of two very different guys. The film enjoyed good box office and surely helped the young actress build a solid fanbase in Asia, way beyond Japanese borders.

NB: the blogmaster (that must be me) doesn’t really like the drama and the film, I found the TV drama had better moments though. However, on top of being her usual beauty, Nana Komatsu definitely showed she could handle comedy and she was pretty good at making (tons of) faces, enough to give me a few good laughs.

Below is a series of vidcaps from both films. Enjoy

from the drama (2015)

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The Making of Closed Ward

Closed Ward aka Family of Strangers was released on DVD and Bluray on May 13. On top of the featured film (with Japanese subs and audio commentary for visually impaired people), it offers a 40′ long documentary with interviews of the main cast, supporting cast and of course Director Hideyuki Hirayama. The filming of this moving tale, set in the psychiatric ward of a hospital in the Nagano Prefecture, took 27 days.

You can get the DVD/BR from online stores such as Amazon Japan.

Plot (from Asian Wiki): Hidemaru Kajiki (Tsurube Shofukutei), Chu-san (Gou Ayano) and Yuki (Nana Komatsu) are patients at a psychiatric hospital in Komoro, Nagano Prefecture. Hidemaru Kajiki killed his mother and daughter-in-law. Chu-san used to work as a salaryman, but he suffers from auditory hallucinations. Yuki is a high school student and she refuses to go to school. Due to that, she receives outpatient treatment. Patients at the psychiatric hospital try to live brightly, but things suddenly change. A murder takes place at the hospital. 

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Closed Ward DVD out this week

Hideyuki Hirayama‘s movie will be released on DVD and Bluray on Wednesday 13th in Japan. Closed Ward aka Family of strangers is the moving tale of in and out patients of a psychiatric ward somewhere in the Nagano prefecture. Welcomed by critics the film is based on the novel ‘Heisa Byoutou’ (閉鎖病棟) by Hosei Hahakigi, starring Go Ayano, popular veteran actor Tsurube Shofukutei and Nana Komatsu.

The young actress was praised for her solid performance as Yuki. In the ‘Supporting Actress’ category, she received an Excellence Award at the 43rd Japan Academy Film Prize, won the 44th Hochi Film Awards and was also nominated at the 62nd Blue Ribbon Awards. Bluray or DVD available from Amazon Japan or CD Japan.

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Parasite in love

Nana Komatsu will star in ‘Parasite in love‘ with actor Kento Hayashi, a film directed by Kensaku Kakimoto, mainly known for music clips he made for Miyavi, Boom Boom Satellite or The Radwimps. Set for a release at some point next year, the movie is a sad and twisted romance based on a novel by Sugaru Miaki which you can read in English there: Parasite in love.

Plot by AsianWiki: A young man named Kengo Kosaka suffers from extreme mysophobia. Due to his compulsive disorder, he is unable to maintain a relationship with anyone. Kengo Kosaka is also a lonely young man. Meanwhile, high school student Hijiri Sanagi has scopophobia. Because of her fear of being stared at, she refuses to go to school. Both Kengo Kosaka and Hijiri Sanagi do not expect to find love with another person, but they meet and fall in love. They have happy days, but …

Director Kakimoto commented on his lead actors about what they brought to the film: Kento Hayashi gave it heart and Nana Komatsu gave it life.

Both actors referred to the current world crisis in their comments, here is Nana Komatsu‘s message: “We’re in a precarious situation where we don’t know what’s going to happen now and tomorrow, I sincerely hope that a bright light will shine on the world as soon as possible”.

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Close Range Yuni

In 2014, Nana Komatsu starred in Tetsuya Nakashima’s The World of Kanako, a very dark role in a dark and nihilistic tale. As Kanako she delivered a noticeable performance which launched her acting career. The same year the public could see her impersonate a totally different character in Close Range Love, a romantic comedy.

The script was rather linear, the theme a little ‘cliché’ and everything was quite predictable in this gentle romance. Newcomer Nana Komatsu was Yuni, a brilliant student, totally immersed in her studies, shy, reserved, almost unable to express her emotions therefore odd enough to be bullied a bit and basically very lonely. No wonder some high school girls in the public could relate. The movie was successful in Japan and other Asian countries and is often a favorite among the youngest members of her fandom. Here’s a collection of screencaps (1920×804)…

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Noms and Prizes 2019-2020

As one of the nominees for the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ category, Komatsu Nana attended the ceremony of the 43th Japanese Academy Awards which was held at the Grand Prince Hotel Shin Takanawa in Tokyo. Much to her fans disappointment she did not win the Top Prize but her nomination is one more step towards full recognition by the Japanese movie industry. Her time will come with another role, another year.

In 2019 the young actress starred in three films: Samurai Marathon, Farewell Song and Closed Ward, three very different roles which demonstrate how versatile she is. Those perfs resulted in 5 nominations plus 3 wins, 3 noms plus 1 win this year: Wikipedia (full list of nominations and awards). On March 6, Komatsu Nana was her usual self: charming and humble yet glamorous and beautiful.

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