Ito aka Tapestry is available in different editions since February 2. Both DVD and Bluray have standard and deluxe versions, there is also a limited ‘super deluxe’ Bluray which includes mini posters and big size film cards. It’s even possible to get different bonuses or gifts depending on which store you purchase from. Standard, deluxe and ‘super’ deluxe Blurays from Amazon Japan.
The Bluray Deluxe edition includes: the film on BR, a 22-page booklet, a set of 5 photographs from the film (Suda x 2, Komatsu x 2, Suda+Komatsu x1) and a special DVD packed full of documentaries and reports for a total duration of approximately 140′. Special DVD contents: ‘making of’ documentary (36′), unreleased scenes (26′), Masaki Suda special interview and Nana Komatsu special interview (both with Lilico), premiere and promo events on video…
Actress Nana Komatsu is Aoi Sonoda in Ito aka Tapestry, director Takahisa Zeze’s summer hit in 2020. From Hokkaido to Singapore, Okinawa and Tokyo and through two eras –Heisei then the beginning of Reiwa– Aoi endures a lot: domestic violence, separation, disillusions and betrayal but she’ll triumph anyway. Determined, strong willed and undefeated, she will eventually reconnect with her roots and childhood love, Ren (Masaki Suda).
Acting wise, Komatsu Nana is perfect, her character is very different from the quirky, unconventional, odd or atypical characters she has often played. She’s just a woman with a great soul, simple yet superb. Here’s a selection of screencaps to celebrate.
Following a very decent box-office in 2020 (in the top ten), Takahisa Zeze‘s movie gets kudos from the Japanese Academy Awards. Excellence Prizes (equivalent to nominations) for Best Actor (Masaki Suda), Best Actress (Nana Komatsu) and Best Soundtrack (Seiji Kameda).
The 44th Japanese Academy Awards ceremony will be held on March 19 at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo where both winners (Grand Prize) and ‘nominees’ (Excellence Prize) will meet and discuss their works. This is the 3rd time actress Komatsu Nana gets a nod from the Academy (one win and one nom so far) thus inflating a pretty decent list of awards and nominations.
On Saturday 29 August, co-stars Suda Masaki and Komatsu Nana had a 30′ minute online chat with about a hundred fans from the 47 prefectures of Japan. It was their last appearance as a pair to promote Ito. They both thanked the fans for their support and comments as many said they were deeply moved by the film. Then the two thespians answered a few questions from the MC.
Nana Komatsu said she had never talked that much about a role before a release. Director Takahisa Zeze could not attend but a letter he sent was read, he praised his two leads for their human qualities and their involvement in and for the film.
Talking about her co-star, Nana Komatsu said he was both receptive and responsive. The whole event should be available on Toho’s YouTube Chanel from August 31 onwards, in the meantime you can get the original Japanese script from Screen Online.
Not a full translation but excerpts in English from Komatsu Nana‘s interview in Movie Walker Press today. Original article and interview there (Japanese): 小松菜奈が語る
Nakajima’s song is a great one which has been covered by a lot of people and it’s a song about life.
Beyond the ups and downs, the good times and hard times of life, the film emphasizes the importance of connecting with people.
When she came to know she was to work with Masaki Suda again, she kind of expected tough stuff -recalling some rough scenes from Drowning Love and Destruction Babies- and saw Ito as a new challenge as it depicted a quiet/peaceful love relationship.
As it is their third collaboration, she adds that they both know each other well when it comes to be in tune acting wise. Shooting in Singapore and Okinawa were done separately so it wasn’t easy to express the love between Aoi (Komatsu) and Ren (Suda) as he wasn’t there. In that sense she’s glad he was the one who played Ren to convey that.
About the numerous crying scenes, especially the one in Singapore, she tells the journalist she’s not very good at that and can’t cry out of the blue. She had to prepare and focus (…) It was easier for the airport scene as she felt she was more involved emotionally.
On Friday 21, Komatsu Nana and Suda Masaki went on stage for a special Ito premiere at the Toho Cinema in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. Separated by plexiglass panes they entertained the chosen few with co-stars Nana Eikura and Takumi Saito.