New York follow up

From Eiga.com yesterday, a series of photographs by Brent N.Clarke and a report on Nana Komatsu -with bits of interview- at the US Premiere of Samurai Marathon in New York last Friday (June 28). The movie was the opening film of the 2019 edition of the New York Asian Film Festival. That night, the young actress received the Rising Asia Star Award.

The article provides a summary of her career, reminds readers she had already worked with a non-Japanese director (Scorsese for Silence in 2016) and quotes her when she received her trophee: I am really honored and feel very happy. I’ve come to New York for the first time, but as an actor, as a person, I’m very thankful to be praised this way by people from another country. The actress humbly added that to be worthy of this award, she would like to continue and become an actress who could grow up greatly.

Asked a few questions by Nobuhiro Hosoki from Eiga.com, she said working with Bernard Rose was a fresh and valuable experience. He is not much into rehearsals and relies a lot on improvisation from his cast. Though she reckoned it could bring a certain level of tension, she found it was very rewarding for the actors.

Regarding this she mentioned that she had properly prepared and rehearsed a fighting scene with two other actors. Though she thought the resulting sequence was fine, Bernard Rose came and said it did not look realistic at all because fighting with swords wasn’t like choreographed work. He subsequently cut that scene. She was first very disappointed but then it helped her adapt to the director’s leaning towards a less preset way of working.



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Asian Star in New York

Director Bernard Rose and Nana Komatsu, his female lead in Samurai Marathon attended the movie’s US Premiere at the Film Lincoln Center in New York, on the evening of the 28th. The young actress received the Rising Asia Star Award, a special prize for Asian thespians who are deemed to have the potential for a successful international career. She was the first Japanese actress honoured by the festival since Fumi Nikaido in 2014.


The waiting



The Award




The Q&A Session


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Rising Star Award

Nana Komatsu to receive an award in New York on June 28…

Quotes from Screen Daily (UK) – Original Source

“Japan’s Nana Komatsu and Ryu Jun-yeol from South Korea will receive this year Screen International Rising Star Asia Award at the 18th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which runs from June 28-July 14.”

Komatsu will receive her honour before the festival’s opening night screening of Bernard Rose’s action epic Samurai Marathon on June 28 (…) Komatsu is in demand not only as an actor but is known as an influencer and fashion icon. She made her feature debut five years ago as Koji Yakusho’s wild daughter in Tetsuya Nakashima’s The World Of Kanako and won the Japan Academy Prize for Rookie of the Year. Martin Scorsese cast her in a small role in Silence, and her credits include BakumanProphecyDestruction BabiesDrowning Love, and It Comes.”


Nana Komatsu as Yuki Hime in Samurai Marathon