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

Nana
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byKentarō Ōtani
Screenplay byTaeko Asano
Kentarō Ōtani
Based onNana
by Ai Yazawa
StarringMika Nakashima
Aoi Miyazaki
Music byTadashi Ueda
CinematographyKazuhiro Suzuki
Edited byShuichi Kakesu
Production
company
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • September 3, 2005 (2005-09-03)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese
Box office$34,671,042[2]

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

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SynopsisEdit

Nana is about the relationship between two young women who are both named Nana. Although their names are the same, their lives are completely different. One of them, Nana Osaki (Mika Nakashima), is an ambitious punk who is looking to break into the world of rock and roll, while the other, Nana "Hachi" Komatsu (Aoi Miyazaki), simply wants a new life with her boyfriend, Shoji Endo (Yūta Hiraoka). After moving to Tokyo while chasing their hopes and dreams, their lives greatly change after meeting each other.

CastEdit

DVDEdit

The DVD edition was released on March 3, 2006.

ReceptionEdit

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

Theme songsEdit

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.

ReferencesEdit

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

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