Nana (2005 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kentarō Ōtani|
by Ai Yazawa
|Music by||Tadashi Ueda|
|Edited by||Shuichi Kakesu|
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.
Based on events in the manga by Ai Yazawa, Nana is about the adventures of two girls, who are both named Nana. Although their names are 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.
- Mika Nakashima - Nana Osaki
- Aoi Miyazaki - Nana "Hachi" Komatsu
- Hiroki Narimiya - Nobuo Terashima
- Kenichi Matsuyama - Shin
- Ryuhei Matsuda - Ren Honjo
- Yuna Ito - Reira Serizawa
- Saeko - Sachiko
- Momosuke Mizutani - Naoki
- Anna Nose - Junko
- Takehisa Takayama - Kyosuke
- Tomomi Maruyama - Yasu
- Tetsuji Tamayama - Takumi
- Yūta Hiraoka - Shoji Endo
- Gou Ayano
The DVD edition was released on March 3, 2006.
The film did quite well at the Japanese box office, grossing $33,154,571 and staying in the top 10 for several weeks.
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 music for 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.