The Award Ceremony for the 41rst Yokohama Film Festival was held on Sunday February 2, at the Kannai Hall in the Naka district, a few hundred meters from the Marine Walk in Yokohama. A cheerful Nana Komatsu attended to receive her ‘Best Actress‘ prize for her role as Leo in Sayonara Kuchibiru/Farewell Song. Director Akihiko Shiota and co-star Ryo Narita -who won ‘Best actor in a supporting role’- attended. For some unstated reason, Mugi Kadowaki could not come, she was also chosen as Best Actress, as Haru in the same movie.
Nana Komatsu told the audience she was utterly pleased as she had dreamed of being awarded as a leading actress. She also recalled how difficult it was for her to play the guitar and perform songs and how hard she tried to do her best to make things work, adding words of gratitude for her co-star Mugi Kadowaki who offered guidance and support throughout.
Three movies (Samurai Marathon, Farewell Song aka Sayonara Kuchibiru and Closed Ward aka Family of strangers) with a decent harvest of awards and nominations, plus interviews, photoshoots and featured articles in more than sixty different magazines in Japan but also in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mainland China and the USA, 2019 has been a good year for actress and model Komatsu Nana.
Here’s two galleries with selected moments, totally non exhaustive of course and absolutely subjective, to share and celebrate. Enjoy !
Nana Komatsu is Makoto Higa in Tetsuya Nakashima‘s Kuru. The younger sister of Japan’s most powerful spiritualist (Kotoko) and the girl friend of Nozaki, a freelance journalist who has specialized in the occult. Makoto is a psychic and can communicate with the ‘other world’. Out of some maternal instinct she will try to protect a child from a demonic and powerful force.
When reading the many positive reviews regarding Nana Komatsu’s acting skills and profile, there’s one adjective and one noun that come up quite often: versatile, versatility. She was a shoplifter in Destruction Babies, a psychic in It Comes, a sprinter in Koi Ame and everyone remembers the angel-faced yet demonic girl she impersonated in The World of Kanako.
One may say she’s been in many live action romantic movies but that’s just happenstance and circumstance, even in those she portrayed characters who were worlds apart: Yuni in Close Range Love and Natsume in Drowning Love have very little in common indeed. With three new films to be released in 2019 (Closed Ward) and 2020 (Sakura and Ito), it seems she’s going to venture into rather dark or at least dramatic mature roles.
Nana Komatsu will attend for a Q&A session with director Bernard Rose. She will also receive a special prize: the Rising Star Asia Award.
Komatsu Nana is on the cusp of superstardom in Japan, in demand not only as an actress but also known as an influencer and fashion icon. Martin Scorsese recognized her appeal early on, choosing her for a small role in Silence (2016); and as the kickass heroine of Samurai Marathon, she proves why she deserved the recognition. Komatsu made her film debut just 5 short years ago, playing Yakusho Koji’s wild daughter in Nakashima Tetsuya’s The World of Kanako (2014). She was honored with many acting awards and won the Japan Academy Prize for Rookie of the Year. She then chose to follow an unusual path: rather than appearing in dozens of films and TV shows, which is typical for Japan’s up-and-coming actors, she has selected projects carefully and taken roles that demonstrate an impressive versatility in one so young (she is just 23)… Source: NYAFF.