Released in Japanese theaters on May 31 Farewell Song (Japanese title: Sayonara Kuchibiru/さよならくちびる) has made it into the selection of various international film festivals since that release. It’s been available on DVD & Bluray since October 25 and the two editions offer interesting material: making of documentary, unreleased scenes, events, various clips. CD Japan – Amazon Japan
Farewell Song is a Gaga production, yet, it definitely has some indie flavour attached to it. Not much happens in terms of action, no spectacular twist either, however it is more than just a pleasant watch thanks to director Akihiko Shiota‘s fine script and the remarkable perfs of its three main actors: Ryo Narita (Shima the manager and roadie), Mugi Kadowaki (Haru the songwriter) and Nana Komatsu (Reo/Leo the singer).
Below is a celebration with screencaps from the film and the ‘making of’ plus a few scenes (short excerpts only).
Sayonara Kuchibiru (English title: Farewell Song) will be released on DVD and Bluray on October 25. Special features include: an audio commentary by Mugi Kadowaki and Nana Komatsu, a ‘making of’ documentary, premiere events, staff and production notes plus unreleased scenes. Details (Japanese).
Director Akihiko Shiota and his lead actors were at the Toho Cinema in Shinjuku, Tokyo, for the nationwide theatrical release of Sayonara Kuchibiru, yesterday (Japan time). Nana Komatsu,Mugi Kadowaki and Ryou Narita entertained the audience before the actual screening.
Nana Komatsu and co-star Mugi Kadowaki on the promotion frontline again, this time in an interview for Fudge Magazine. The two young actresses talk at length about the complexities of emotions that bind, cement and also part Haru and Leo in the road movie/musical from Akihiko Shiota, in Japanese theatres on Friday.
They also develop a bit about Shima, their roadie (impersonated by Ryo Narita) who as a friend, roadie and manager tries to keep them together. Recalling the different performances, especially street appearances, the two reach the same conclusion, the music is a key element in the movie because some emotions can’t be explained or even conveyed through just words.
Just one week before the nationwide theatre release of the film, Gaga has just released a new clip featuring the HaruReo/ハルレオ duet performing ‘Sudden storm’ (たちまち嵐), a song written by Aimyon.
The official CD/EP (4 tracks) has entered the top 50 in both Oricon and Rekochoku charts and is available from several online stores like CD Japan. Pictures, movie flyer, news and general info (Japanese) available from the official site.