Some more time

Announcement: this is renewal time on WordPress so here is just a quick note to let readers and casual visitors know that this blog will be up and running until the end of the year. At the end of November I’ll make another announcement to tell everyone if the blog will stay online in 2023 …or not (the same applies to the French blog: Nana Komatsu Films)

I’d like to thank Director Bernard Rose, Director Edmund Yeo, Director Kensaku Kakimoto and Kadokawa Pictures for helping me provide more quality contents. Thanks to all for visiting.

Charisma met Charisma

What was once just a piece of fiction in a movie (Ito aka Tapestry) has become reality. Through their respective agencies, actor and musician Masaki Suda (Top Coat) and actress and model Nana Komatsu (Stardust Promotion) have announced their marriage.

In a joint communiqué the two young stars said they were grateful to all those who supported them and wished the same people will welcome and care about them as a couple. Stating they are still young (未熟な二人, immature? very young) they both say they are just like when they met and are happy and hopeful making a family and continuing working…

Celebrities, fellow thespians, film directors, mangaka, fashion magazines, movie accounts, cinema magazines and fans around the world congratulate the two for their marriage, here is a non exhaustive list: singer songwriter Aimyon, actors Go Ayano and Takeru Satoh, directors Takahiro Miki and Edmund Yeo, Nana Komatsu’s long time friend and model Emma, editorialists from Elle Japan, Vogue Japan, Frau, Aera, Ginza, Marie Claire Taiwan … as well as Japanese national TVs (NHK, Asahi TV…) and film distributor Gaga Corporation. Actress Fumi Nikaido who worked with Nana Komatsu in two movies (The World of Kanako, Ito/Tapestry) and has close ties with Masaki Suda’s family said: ‘Two people whom I love have become a family. Congratulations!’

Sources: too many to mention as the news topped trending, hot topics and hot searches on Twitter, Yahoo and Google in Japan, Naver in South Korea and was also trending in other Asian countries. A list of several hundred links would be a fastidious piece. So, Oricon News which was one of the first big media outlets to spread the news on Monday and Masaki Suda’s Official Twitter as well as Nana Komatsu’s Official Instagram: Oricon NewsMasaki Suda TwitterNana Komatsu Instagram – Pictures from the ending sequence of Ito/Tapestry (2020).

Sayonara? No, Tadaima (update)

Fan’s Voice silences a fan’s voice

On Friday September 24, Mr Mitsuo Yoshizawa, the editor of Fan’s Voice*, a media outlet based in Japan filed a complaint against me on Twitter for copyright infringements. Actually, they hunted down lots of accounts, including very young fans. (*mind your computer, their site is not even secure: no https)

  1. Use of pictures exclusive to their interview
  2. Link to an ‘unauthorized’ English translation -mine- of the same interview

The pics must have been downloaded and reposted a thousand times and they are all over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (not mentioning other networks, blogs etc…). As to the interview, chances it might be translated by professional and legit sites are zilch, if not below zero. Nana Komatsu is no doubt famous beyond Japan, they’re not !

I’ve been working on my own with no connexions and little money for what is just a fan thing. No ads, no benefits from any site whatsoever, it is absolutely non profit making and I naively thought that the sources I always mention would be happy to get some extra exposure. Those who have used their pictures on pages paved with Google Ads, porn redirections and god-knows-what ways to make money must feel like it’s Independence Day thanks to the likes of Yoshizawa and Fan’s Voice -sigh- 

No wonder Japanese cinema is lagging behind and that corporate Japan is going down when the zillion laws they have are used not to target true pirates and thieves but rather dedicated fans who are generally harmless and well-intentioned Netizens. They make me think of those police forces who harass law-abiding citizens while true and ruthless criminals parade in the neighbourhood.

Update: After consulting some “competent authorities”

1) it is not certain that my initial publication (Moonlight Shadow Talk) was not -at least partly- in conformity with my web host policy of Fair Use for copyrighted material.

2) anyway, as I have deleted everything, there is no more room for any complaint whatsoever. I have been told that I have nothing to fear and that I can continue my activities as usual.

Comments are open again, let’s move on…