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.
The Award Ceremony for the 41rst Yokohama Film Festival was held on Sunday February 2, at the Kannai Hall in the Naka district, a few hundred meters from the Marine Walk in Yokohama. A cheerful Nana Komatsu attended to receive her ‘Best Actress‘ prize for her role as Leo in Sayonara Kuchibiru/Farewell Song. Director Akihiko Shiota and co-star Ryo Narita -who won ‘Best actor in a supporting role’- attended. For some unstated reason, Mugi Kadowaki could not come, she was also chosen as Best Actress, as Haru in the same movie.
Nana Komatsu told the audience she was utterly pleased as she had dreamed of being awarded as a leading actress. She also recalled how difficult it was for her to play the guitar and perform songs and how hard she tried to do her best to make things work, adding words of gratitude for her co-star Mugi Kadowaki who offered guidance and support throughout.
The 44th Hochi Film Awards ceremony was held at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo Hotel located in the Minato District on Wednesday December 18 (yesterday, Japanese time). Winner of the “Best Supporting Actress” award for ther roles in Kuru/It comes and Closed Ward, Nana Komatsu was also nominated in the Best Actress category (for Farewell Song).
Director Hideyuki Hirayama attended and praised his actress for her performance as Yuki (Closed Ward aka Family of strangers). Nana Komatsu said such awards made her feel more confident.
On February 5, 2017, Nana Komatsu received a Best Newcomer award for her performance in Tetsuya Mariko’s Destruction Babies. The ceremony was held at the Kannai Hall, a few blocks from the city’s harbour. On receiving the award she said the role was both ‘a challenge and an adventure’. (38th Yokohama Film Festival)
Nana Komatsu and director Bernard Rose attended the US Premiere of Samurai Marathon at the New York Asian Film Festival on Friday, June 28. It was a memorable evening for the young actress as she received a Rising Asia Star Award. Rockin on has published a short but interesting report with highlights from the Q&A session as well as interviews. Original Post (Japanese) – Pics by Brent N.Clarke.
Selection of translated excerpts
“New York is such an amazing city with power and liveliness (…) here I felt like when I started acting, my heart was beating fast ” (Nana Komatsu, speech)
“What was your favorite scene in Samurai Marathon?” ‘A scene I liked was when my father burned a picture at the beginning of the movie. Originally it was a scene with speech, but I thought of expressing emotion without words, I tried to suggest this to the director’ (Nana Komatsu, Q&A)
“What’s the best thing to do so that Japanese actors appear in more American films?” ‘American films should right way appoint Nana a lot more. Then they should take Godzilla’. (Bernard Rose, Q&A)
“Princess Yuki Hime is sort of confined (…) but she is interested in the West and has a broad view of the world. She is a strong woman who wants to experience things without being bound by stereotypes (…) I thought it would be fine if I could impersonate such a woman so that everyone in the world could see and then have some cool after thought about her”. About the modernistic element in the movie and the empathy from the audience (Nana Komatsu, interview)
“Are there any overlaps with yourself?” ‘Yuki Hime and I are similar as far as curiosity is concerned, I’m very curious and want to try anything (…) it’s all about challenge, dressing as a man, getting into a group of men, I think that makes her a rather active woman for that era…’ (Nana Komatsu, interview)
“It’s a trite question but what about Scorsese and this time’s experience” ‘The way of shooting is completely different (…) Mr Scorsese isn’t the type of director who comes to the shooting scene, he comes when he needs it and will say ‘right, it’s good now, let’s have one more take’ and then you can have up to 30 takes and you don’t know which one will be used (…) Bernard Rose tends to favour live play (…) situations that seem chaotic serve as a strategy to give the cast a sense of unity’. (Nana Komatsu, interview)