Nana (2005 film)

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Nana
Nana movie.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kentarō Ōtani
Screenplay by Taeko Asano
Kentarō Ōtani
Based on Nana 
by Ai Yazawa
Starring Mika Nakashima
Aoi Miyazaki
Music by Tadashi Ueda
Cinematography Kazuhiro Suzuki
Editing by Shuichi Kakesu
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • September 3, 2005 (2005-09-03)
Running time 113 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office $34,671,042[1]

Nana (ナナ?) is a 2005 Japanese drama film directed by Kentarō Ōtani. A live action adaptation of the manga of the same name by Ai Yazawa, the film stars Mika Nakashima as the punk star Nana Osaki, and Aoi Miyazaki as Hachi (Nana Komatsu). The film was released on September 3, 2005.

The film was followed by a 2006 sequel, NANA 2, in which Nakashima reprised her role as the title character. Some of the original cast, including Miyazaki and Ryuhei Matsuda, did not reprise their roles in Nana 2.

Synopsis[edit]

Based on events in the manga by Ai Yazawa, NANA is about the adventures of two girls, who are both named Nana. Although the name is the same, their lives are completely different. One of them is an ambitious punk who is looking to break into the world of rock and roll, while the other simply wants to have a new life with her boyfriend. After moving to Tokyo while chasing their hopes and dreams, their lives greatly change after meeting each other.

Cast[edit]

DVD[edit]

The DVD edition was released on March 3, 2006.

Reception[edit]

The film did quite well at the Japanese box office, grossing $33,154,571 and staying in the top 10 for several weeks.

Theme songs[edit]

In addition to creating a Nana craze throughout Asia, the film also helped launch Mika Nakashima to the peak of her career as she released the single "Glamorous Sky" under the name Nana starring Mika Nakashima. The single created topicality with its special collaboration between Nakashima, Hyde (who wrote the song), and Nana author Yazawa Ai (who wrote the lyrics). The single became Nakashima's first number one single on the Oricon charts. It was also featured in Osu! Tatakae! Ōendan 2 and Konami's drum simulation game Drum Mania.

The film also helped promote another artist, Yuna Ito, who starred in the film as Trapnest vocal Reira, released her debut single "Endless Story," the insert song of the film, under the name Reira starring Yuna Ito. The single ranked second on the Oricon charts, next to Nakashima's "Glamorous Sky," and made Yuna Ito one of the most successful debuting artists of 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nana". Boxofficemojo. Retrieved 2012-2-16.

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