Released in Japanese theaters on May 31 Farewell Song (Japanese title: Sayonara Kuchibiru/さよならくちびる) has made it into the selection of various international film festivals since that release. It’s been available on DVD & Bluray since October 25 and the two editions offer interesting material: making of documentary, unreleased scenes, events, various clips. CD Japan – Amazon Japan
Farewell Song is a Gaga production, yet, it definitely has some indie flavour attached to it. Not much happens in terms of action, no spectacular twist either, however it is more than just a pleasant watch thanks to director Akihiko Shiota‘s fine script and the remarkable perfs of its three main actors: Ryo Narita (Shima the manager and roadie), Mugi Kadowaki (Haru the songwriter) and Nana Komatsu (Reo/Leo the singer).
Below is a celebration with screencaps from the film and the ‘making of’ plus a few scenes (short excerpts only).
Sayonara Kuchibiru (English title: Farewell Song) will be released on DVD and Bluray on October 25. Special features include: an audio commentary by Mugi Kadowaki and Nana Komatsu, a ‘making of’ documentary, premiere events, staff and production notes plus unreleased scenes. Details (Japanese).
Nana Komatsu and co-star Mugi Kadowaki were at the Toho Cinema in Shinjuku (Tokyo) today for yet another presentation and thanks and greeting party for Sayonara Kuchibiru aka Farewell Song. They were joined by stylist Daisuke Iga who was in charge of their costumes in the movie.
On a side note, the film enjoyed a successful premiere at the Shangai International Film Festival yesterday, tickets reportedly being sold out in less than 6 minutes.
Gaga Corporation belongs to a small club of dynamic film companies from Japan that strive to push their films on the international market. Three movies starring Nana Komatsu are currently available from their International Sales Catalogue. Below is some information about those.
Farewell Song: the movie had its Japanese theatrical release on Friday May 31 (nationwide). Taiwan will follow on August 23, a Chinese trailer is now available. Last but not least, Farewell Song will premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival in the Rhapsody section, dedicated to musicals.
It comes: director Tetsuya Nakashima‘s very personal take on horror will be screened at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea on June 29, July 4 and July 7. English page.
The film is now in Japanese theatres, all over the country, let’s celebrate with videos. Here is a collection of teasers, trailers, music videos and promotional clips released by Gaga and available from their YouTube Channel.