Praise for Sakura

Best Film: The Real Thing by Koji Fukada ; Best Director: Hikari for 37 Seconds ; Best Actress: Komatsu Nana for her performances in Sakura and Ito (aka Tapestry)…these are some of the winners at the 30th Japanese Professional Movie Awards/日本映画プロフェッショナル大賞. Sakura made it into the jury’s Top Ten movies for 2020.

The Japanese Professional Movie Awards (Japanese wiki page) were established in 1991 by journalist and film critic Hiroo Otaka. Backed by a group of film industry professionals, the main aim of the Awards is to provide recognition to films that sometimes fall under the radar because of lack of publicity or/and funding.

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44th Japanese Academy Awards

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.

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Three noms for Ito

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.


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KineJun Awards 2017

The 90th Kinema Junpo Awards were held at the Bunkyo Civic Hall in Tokyo on February 5 2017. There, actress Komatsu Nana received the prestigious award in the “Best New Actress” category for her performances in Destruction Babies, Drowning Love and Maniac Hero.

She was in good company with acclaimed actress Rie Miyazawa, Rena Nounen/Non, the then emerging talent Hana Sugisaki as well as co-star Yuya Yagira and director Tetsuya Mariko (Destruction Babies)…


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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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