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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Moonlight Shadow Stage Greetings

Moonlight Shadow, the screen adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous novella is set for a nationwide release in Japan on Friday September 10. On Wednesday September 1, at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo, there was a press conference.

The two leads, i.e. Nana Komatsu and Hio Miyazawa, and two supporting cast members (Nana Nakahara and Himi Sato) attended in the company of novelist Banana Yoshimoto. Director Edmund Yeo made a surprise screen appearance, live from Malaysia !

Banana Yoshimoto said, among other things, that she was very pleased with the film and praised director Edmund Yeo for the poetry and the visuals as well as Nana Komatsu for her impersonation of Satsuki and heartfelt performance…

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Moonlight Shadow Looming

Moonlight Shadow, Edmund Yeo‘s next movie, will hit Japanese theaters on September 10. The promotional campaign for the film is gaining momentum with the release of a second poster as well as a second and longer trailer.

Moonlight Shadow is a film adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous novella of the same name, written in 1986 and translated in many a language since then. Komatsu Nana is Satsuki, Hio Miyazawa is Hitoshi. Additional cast members: Himi Sato (Hiiragi) – Nana Nakahara (Yumiko) – Aoi Yoshikura (Hotaru) – Seiya Nakano (Mitsuru) – Usuda Hasami (Rei) – Theme Song ‘Parallax’ by Nariaki Obukuro.

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Moonlight Shadow Teaser

On Friday July 9, the Moonlight Shadow production team released the official poster and a 30″ teaser trailer for the film, bound for a September release in Japan. It has been revealed that actor Hio Miyazawa will play Hitoshi, Satsuki‘s deceased boyfriend.

In his comments, the actor, who grabbed awards and recognition for His, praised director Edmund Yeo for his positive attitude during the shooting (‘always a smile on his face, paying attention to the actors’ needs’) as well as actress Komatsu Nana who plays Satsuki, the main character: ‘Satsuki, is a unique woman with a strong will of her own, so I thought that only Ms. Komatsu, who has a unique atmosphere could play the role’.

Moonlight Shadow is the film adaptation of Banana Yoshimoto‘s famous novel, published in Japan in 1986. It has been translated in many a language and is still a book dear to the heart of the famous novelist.

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