A nightmare within a dream

‘Why don’t we see Komatsu Nana more often in series or drama?’ is a question that often comes up in her fandom. Interviewed by Cinema Today in May 2019, the actress told the reporter it was basically a choice as she much preferred being on a film site for much longer periods of time. She’s been in a few drama though (see Filmography) and among those, Yume wo ataeru (2015) was a memorable one.


The four episodes of this Wowow production were broadcast in May and June 2015 and tell the story or rather the rise and fall of a young star and idol. On top of a family drama, it is also a rather strong criticism of the media and showbiz combo. It is quite universal as Japan is far from being the only country where stars are made so that people worship them at first and then crucify them at the first misstep. Great acting there and Rinko Kikuchi (the mother) and Nana Komatsu (the daughter) steal the show.

Plot by Asian Wiki staff: 13 years ago, the Abe family moved to a town in the suburbs, surrounded by nature. The Abe family consists of their French father Toma (De Lencquesaing Thomas Nozomi), his Japanese wife Mikiko (Rinko Kikuchi) and their beautiful daughter Yuko (Kanon Tani). They appear like the perfect family. Mikiko managed to get her daughter Yuko to take part in a CM audition and she was picked by Murano (Joe Odagiri), director of the advertising agency. Yuko is now in show business.

Several years later, Yuko (Nana Komatsu) transfers to a large entertainment company. As her mother wishes, Yuko is now popular and appears on the cover of magazines, variety shows and drama series. Yuko, though, feels an uncomfortable imbalance between her public image and her real self. During this time, she meets a dancer, Seiko (Mackenyu), who marches to the beat of his own drum, and falls in love with him. The nightmare begins.


The DVD is no longer available from most, if not all, online stores. From time to time, pre-owned copies surface on Ebay or Amazon but more often than not, prices can exceed $100 ! The best option is to look for it on Yahoo Auctions Japan or, if you’re a resident in Japan, try a Book Off store. Streaming available from Amazon Japan Prime.


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The Red Chapter 04

The Red Chapter is the second instalment of Thrill ! The Black Chapter and The Red Chapter, an NHK drama which was broadcast in February and March 2017. Detective Togawa (Keisuke Koide) from the Metropolitan Police Department teams up with young Hitomi Nakano (Nana Komatsu) to solve difficult murder cases.

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, 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 the series is a must watch for those who want to see Nana Komatsu dealing with comedy, impersonating a truly offbeat character.

In this final episode of The Red Chapter the team has to deal with a group of terrorists. As usual Hitomi found all the answers but then she was captured by the baddies, will Togawa have the brains and the guts to come and rescue her?

Below is a series of screencaps plus the full episode (SD version – 640×480)


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The Red Chapter 03

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)


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The Red Chapter 02

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)


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The Red Chapter 01

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.

Hitomi is not a detective, she is a clerk in the general affairs section of the police. Her job is to check the receipts sent by agents. She makes sure the taxpayers’ money is properly used. Inquiring to the point of being nosy, 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 of the trade because her own father, who abandoned her when she was a teen, was a thief and a mighty conman.  

Though a film like Maniac Hero and a few scenes from Kurosaki Kun  are testimonies of her talent for comedy The Red Chapter offers much much more. Funny situations and dialogues, making faces, wacky attitudes, Hitomi, on top of being smart and inquiring , is definitely not your average ‘detective’. 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.

It is just a drama but her perf makes one think she could do wonders in a full fledged comedy. Highly recommended and a must-watch for her fans. Below you will get galleries of quality video captures and a low res* subbed version of episode one. *352×288


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