Anessa Ambassador

Actress, model and Chanel House Ambassador Komatsu Nana has been the figurehead of Shiseido‘s make up department Integrate for many years. She’s just been hired by Anessa (another Shiseido division) and appears in a series of TV spots to promote the brand’s new sun cream. Those CMs will be aired from the 20th onwards. The complete series of CMs, i.e. short and long versions, can be found on Shiseido’s YouTube Channel.

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150 Years of Shiseido

Shiseido (株式会社資生堂) is the biggest cosmetics company in Japan, founded in 1872, it is also one of the oldest companies in the world. To celebrate its 150th anniversary, a brand new CM with vintage flavour has been released: actresses Komatsu Nana, Ando Sakura, Ikeda Elaiza, Ishida Yuriko, Kondo Hana, Nagasawa Masami, Hirose Suzu and Maeda Beverly participated …

Komatsu Nana‘s comment: ‘Congratulations on your 150th anniversary. I am very honoured to be working with you on this occasion. I have always been warmly welcomed by everyone at Shiseido, and I have had a wonderful time during photo shoots. I will continue to work hard and am looking forward to working with you in the future.’

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Ito Promo in Progress

TV appearances, promo messages from the two leads, sponsoring from Niko and, as the production team continues feeding Twitter with stills from the ‘making of’ and some other new pics, the campaign has entered a new phase with the announcement of a pre-screening special day: viewers will get a chance to watch Ito before its national theatrical on 21/08. (Oricon News)

According to Filmarks recent survey, Ito is the most anticipated movie in August.

This page is bound to be regularly updated throughout August so stay tuned !

ITO PREVIEW: Wednesday 12 August in 350 Toho theaters all over Japan.

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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. More on Page 2 (episodes 3 and 4)

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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