The following interview is the original English transcription of an exclusive interview for Blog Fascinant Japon, a French speaking media outlet. It was translated into French and published on September 5. Due thanks to director Edmund Yeo for his time and kindness…
You moved to Japan in 2008 for your Masters and Phd at Waseda University, Tokyo, what was the driving force behind that move?
Like many of my generation, I grew up with Japanese anime and manga. My familiarity with these gradually led to an interest in Japanese films, music and literature as well. And I believe my love for Japanese culture grew stronger during a couple of family trips I made in Japan as a child.
Once I finished my studies in Australia. I wanted to pursue my childhood dreams of filmmaking. Japanese Cinema had received international attention and acclaim for a really long time. I was curious to learn more, so I decided to go.
Several short films you made are based on Japanese short stories and more often than not the action takes place in both Malaysia and Japan, are you building cultural bridges?
Because of the personal nature of my films, where I reach from my own experiences and emotions to interpret these Japanese short stories for the screen, I try using settings that I’m familiar with, hence Malaysia, a place where I grew up in, and Japan, where I spent most of my twenties in.
And I always do believe that cinema is a bridge to a different culture, since I have learnt a lot about the world and the different cultures through cinema, perhaps in a way, that is why I myself was trying to find a connection between these two countries which played such big roles in my life.
Parasite in Love theatrical release set for November 12, 2021. The production team made new film stills available on Tuesday September 14.
Synopsis fromAsian Wiki: A young man named Kengo Kosaka (Kento Hayashi) suffers from extreme mysophobia. Due to his compulsive disorder, he is unable to maintain a relationship with anyone (…) Meanwhile, high school student Hijiri Sanagi (Nana Komatsu) 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 ….
Friday September 10: stage greetings for the Moonlight Shadow official premiere at the Toho Cinema in Hibiya, Tokyo. The two leads, Nana Komatsu (Satsuki) and Hio Miyazawa (Hitoshi), as well as supporting actress Asami Usuda (Rei/Urara) attended. The movie is released nationwide…
Filming with Nana Komatsu: Edmund Yeo Special Interview
Second interview with director Edmund Yeo, a shorter one with a focus on his lead actress in Moonlight Shadow. The first interview was published by French media outlet Blog Fascinant Japon. Many thanks to Edmund Yeo for his time and kindness…
As soon as the Moonlight Shadow project was launched you and your team decided to have Komatsu Nana as the lead…which performances in her body of work made you think she’d be the right choice to play Satsuki?
I have followed Nana‘s career since I first saw The World of Kanako back in 2014. I was indeed astounded by her performance then, and knew she was going to become something special.
I guess she managed to fulfil the promise by becoming one of the most exciting Japanese actresses of her generations over the years. Doing different films of different genres and staying supremely prolific.
Her brief appearance in Martin Scorsese‘s Silence was particularly memorable. And her follow-up collaboration with Nakashima in It Comes showed how she imbued an initially cartoonish caricature with soul and depth, standing out among an all-star cast. Since then, she has been consistently great in other works I saw, like manga adaptations such as After the Rain, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure etc…
Therefore, when we were discussing the role of Satsuki, Nana was absolutely our first and only option. We knew very well that there wouldn’t be a Moonlight Shadow without her.
With two new films about to hit Japanese theaters in the near future – Moonlight Shadow on September 10 and Parasite in Love in November – actress and model Komatsu Nana comes under the spotlight these days and the odds are it’ll be like that until late fall at least.
Over the years she has graced the covers of countless magazines in Japan and overseas, mainstream or indie, glossy and niche-like but though she’s been a regular guest of Elle Japan for featured articles, the cover of Elle Japan was missing in her big collection. This has just been fixed with the October edition of Elle: We Love Paris ! The actress and Chanel House Ambassador wears Chanel 2021/22 ready-to-wear collection, photographs by Shunya Arai of Yard Tokyo.
The October issue of Elle Japan is available from many online stores like Amazon Japan. For other stores and the digital edition please check Elle Shop.
Shot in Turkey and marketed as ‘Nana Komatsu First Photo Collection‘ the Trabzon photobook was released on March 1, 2016. The 92 pages book offered 43 pictures of the young actress and model as well as shots of various places with locals.
Copies are still available for about $20 from several online stores like Amazon Japan or CD Japan. Just below is a limited selection of scans from ‘Trabzon’. Photographs by Keita Goto.