More light for Moonlight Shadow

Moonlight Shadow hit Japanese theaters on Friday 10, it entered the box-office Top 20 as soon as Monday 13, which is a decent perf as it was a limited release with less than 100 theaters all over Japan.

Not surprisingly opinions are split. On the one hand you have mainstream sites such as or Yahoo where viewers write mixed reviews, on the other hand movie lovers from Film Marks give the film much higher rankings.

Legendary director Shunji Iwai sent the Moolight Shadow team and director words of praise in his own style: “The shadow cast by the moon is light. The things we see, the things we don’t, the sounds that are audible or not. The motions that can correspond, the emotions that connect like a chain. The story goes so tender and mysterious, as if you draw whole notes on the empty score. As you watch this film, you must feel like you get a unique day.

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Moonlight Shadow Interviews

One of the highlights of the current promotional campaign for Moonlight Shadow, Edmund Yeo‘s adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous novella was the publishing of a couple of interviews of lead actors Nana Komatsu and Hio Miyazawa. The movie which the writer praised as ‘a masterpiece of elegance’ will be premiered tomorrow at the Toho cinema in Hibiya, Tokyo, as a prelude to its national release in Japanese theaters on the same day, Friday 10 !

Links, pics and a selection of translated quotes from the actress who plays Satsuki, the main character and narrative voice in Moonlight Shadow.

Fashion Press interview

‘She played Satsuki’s emotional subtleties with great sensitivity’ (Fashion Press)

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No Moonlight Shadow without her

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 generation 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.

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