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NANA 2 Standard Edition (Japan Version)
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The success of the movie NANA, starring Nakashima Mika and Miyazaki Aoi as two girls with the same name but contrasting personalities, has paved the way for its sequel. Nakashima, who received best newcomer awards and a best actress nomination for NANA, reprises her role for NANA 2, alongside a new line-up of young stars. Ichikawa Yui (Ju-on) replaces Miyazaki Aoi as the cute and cheerful lead, while Matsuda Ryuhei's band leader role is now taken up by Kyo Nobuo. Adapted from the hugely popular manga by Yazawa Ai and directed by Otani Kentaro, NANA 2 continues to move the audience with a story about two girls' friendship, and their quest for love and dreams. The film also features kinetic music performed by Nakashima Mika, recorded live in Tokyo.

Continuing the story from the first film, punk rock singer Osaki Nana (Nakashima Mika) and Komatsu Nana (Ichikawa Yui), sometimes called Hachi, have been sharing an apartment for a while. To cheer up Hachi who has just broken up with her boyfriend, Nana introduces her to Hachi's idol, Takumi (Tamayama Tetsuji), the leader of the band Trapnest. But Nana never expects this will bring Hachi an unstable romance. Meanwhile, Nana's relationship with her ex-boyfriend Ren (Kyo Nobuo), the guitarist of Trapnest, appears as a hot topic on the tabloids.

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Product Title: NANA 2 Standard Edition (Japan Version) NANA 2 Standard Edition (日本版) NANA 2 Standard Edition (日本版) NANA2 Standard Edition Standard Edition NANA 2 Standard Edition (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Nakashima Mika | Ichikawa Yui | Tamayama Tetsuji | Kyo Nobuo | Narimiya Hiroki | Hongo Kanata | Tomomi Maruyama 中島美嘉 | 市川由衣 | 玉山鐵二 | 姜暢雄 | 成宮寬貴 | 本鄉奏多 | 丸山智己 中岛美嘉 | 市川由衣 | 玉山铁二 | 姜畅雄 | 成宫宽贵 | 本乡奏多 | 丸山智己 中島美嘉  | 市川由衣 | 玉山鉄二 | 姜暢雄 | 成宮寛貴 | 本郷奏多 | 丸山智己 나카시마 미카 | Ichikawa Yui | Tamayama Tetsuji | Kyo Nobuo | Narimiya Hiroki | Hongo Kanata | Tomomi Maruyama
Director: Otani Kentaro 大谷健太郎 大谷健太郎 大谷健太郎 Otani Kentaro
Release Date: 2007-06-22
Publisher Product Code: TDV-17163D
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Publisher: Shueisha
Other Information: DVD
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004687082

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タイトル:NANA2 Standard Edition

同い年の同じ名前の2人の女の子。大崎ナナ(ナナ)と小松奈々(ハチ)。幸せに始まった東京での共同生活。しかし、ナナにはBLACK STONESのメジャーデビューや恋人・レンとのデビュー目前のスキャンダル、奈々にはTRAPNESTのタクミとBLACK STONESのノブとの間で揺れ動く想い、そして妊娠というドラマが待ち受ける。生まれた環境も性格もまるで違う二人のNANA。一人は自分の夢を実現させようと、一人は女としての幸せを掴もうと、それぞれの運命に立ち向かいながら大人への序章を奏でてゆく…。




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August 27, 2007

This professional review refers to NANA 2 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Sequels that don't retain primary cast members are always a shaky proposition. Call it the Speed 2 principle. Jason Patric may arguably be a better actor than Keanu Reeves, but that's not the point - audiences tend to want to see familiar faces in their sequels. But still, as a franchise, Ai Yazawa's mega-popular manga NANA is potentially bigger than any one actor, as it has been adapted in both film and anime forms. Like the manga its based on, the first filmic NANA tells the story of two young women who share the same name, but are polar opposite in terms of personality, fashion style, and overall outlook on life. One Nana (Mika Nakashima) is a punk rocker who wouldn't be caught dead shopping at the Hello Kitty store, while the other is an adorable romantic (Aoi Miyazaki) who'd look more than a little out of place at your local Hot Topic. Despite these differences, they become not only roommates, but eventually the best of buddies. The two Nanas make for a truly odd couple indeed.

The first film, while nothing extraordinary, was entertaining to say the least, in large part due to the chemistry and star power of its two lead actresses. Unfortunately, by the time NANA 2 was scheduled to commence, a number of its stars were tied up with other projects. Lead actress Aoi Miyazaki and supporting actors Ryuhei Matsuda and Kenichi Matsuyama were either unable or unwilling to return for the sequel, and were replaced by Yui Ichikawa, Nobuo Kyo, and Kanata Hongo respectively. Can a film with such a drastic change in cast possibly live up to its predecessor? Theoretically, the answer is yes, but in practice? Not quite.

NANA 2 centers on the romantic misadventures of the series' resident cutie-pie, Nana Komatsu (nicknamed "Hachi"). After a run of bad luck in the romance department, she's started seeing (read: sleeping with) Takumi (Tetsuji Tamayama), the oh-so dreamy guitarist of Trapnest. Unfortunately, he's a bit of a cad, but the star-struck Hachi doesn't seem to mind. Drama ensues when Nobu (Hiroki Nariyama), the guitarist for Nana's indie punk band, The Black Stones, takes a shine to Hachi as well and proclaims his love for her. Torn between two men, Hachi's woes grow exponentially when she discovers - whoops - that she's pregnant. Who's the daddy? Is she going to keep the baby? And what does her pal Nana think of all this?

Although the focus of the first NANA seemed to be equally split amongst the two leads, NANA 2 seems more preoccupied with Hachi's love life and its effect on everyone around her. Sure, Nana is going through some tough times, but every bit of it seems to be just a footnote to the extended episode of Maury Povich that Hachi's life has become. Nana's relationship woes with Ren, her desire to make it big on her own terms, and her inability to be the type of friend she wants to be for Hachi - all of these aspects of her character are so severely muted in the film that it throws off the balance between the two characters. It's a real shame that her character is basically relegated to a supporting role because Nakashima is clearly the more charismatic of the two actresses. She may wear the tough, Goth girl look, but one never feels like it's just a case of an actress playing "dress-up." She's the real deal.

The same cannot be said of the glammed out boys in both The Black Stones and Trapnest as they strain ever so hard to look like super-cool tough guys. As far as the replacements are concerned, Nobuo Kyo makes for a slightly manlier version of Ren than Ryuhei Matsuda did, but he's just as bland as his predecessor. Kenichi Matsuyama is missed in the role of Shin, mainly because the more obviously younger and effeminate Kanata Hongo looks more like he belongs in the live-action version of Kingdom Hearts than as a guitar player for a punk rock band.

Of course, the main casting issue is with Hachi herself. Simply put, Yui Ichikawa is no Aoi Miyazaki. In the early goings, Ichikawa's cutesy-shtick feels patently fake and annoying, although to her credit, her acting improves in the more serious scenes. Even so, she seems miscast in a role that Miyazaki made her own. But it's not all her fault either. Ichikawa isn't helped by the fact that her character is written so passively that she comes across as weak and unsympathetic. That would be fine if her character actually had an arc to speak of. I'm not familiar with the actual events of the manga, but everything plays out like a Cliffs Notes version of the original story in the sense that nothing ever seems to be fleshed out, especially in terms of her relationships with Takumi and Nobu.

Even worse, it's extremely difficult to glean what sort of message Hachi actually learned by the end of the film. It seems as if she's supposed to be learning that it's time to grow up and take responsibility for her life, and yet it's as if somewhere along the way the filmmakers forgot to show how Hachi has actually done anything of the sort. She still seems like she's sleepwalking through life, and Nana's final bit of advice - meant to be jokey - seems more like a sad commentary on the future that awaits Hachi. Of course, that's likely the point, but even if that were the case, the actual execution of Hachi's story doesn't quite hit the mark.

Of course, fans of the first NANA will likely want to see what happened to their favorite characters in the second film, and NANA 2 does provide a serviceable, if disappointing follow-up. There are some catchy tunes, and Mika Nakashima is mesmerizing as the tough-as-nails half of the NANA duo. Unfortunately, poor casting choices, weak writing, and a so-so storyline squanders much of the promise and goodwill forged in the first film.

By Calvin McMillin

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.3 out of 10 (3)

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September 24, 2007

This customer review refers to NANA 2 (DVD) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

GREAT MOVIE Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
I have heard a million things about this movie being bad from people, but there hatred for the movie is ALL BASED on the fact that the actor for nana was replaced.I bought this very copy of the movie about 4 days ago, i just saw it yesterday (next day service = impatient)I love the movie, it was long and made it feel like all your waiting for the sequel was worth it.1 Great story.2 Great music. and 3. it ended the story in a great way.i suggest you buy it, this copy is great , some what good subtitles (but no ones perfect) and the fact that i speak alittle japanese didn't help.i gave it a 9 because (the actor for nana has changed) but she did play it very well.and thats it....YES ASIA IS THE BEST ASIAN DVD WEBSITE THERE IS!!!!
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August 12, 2007

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good, but not amazing Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
When NANA the movie came out it struck the box office with many, many ticket sales. Now as NANA2 comes out people worried about the switches in actors. In my opinion, this is still a very good movie. Yui Ichikawa plays an alright Hachi, and Kanata Hongo is a very good Shin. Although like any movie, some things from the manga are left out, this is still something any NANA fan should get!
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March 19, 2007

This customer review refers to NANA 2 (DVD) (Special Edition) (Japan Version)
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Nana!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The first NANA was such a great movie, I heard that this movie doesn't have a very big climatic finish, but it looks like it goes a lot more in depth between the relationships between all the main characters (such as Nobu, Takumi, Shin, etc.). The manga and anime really gives each character some time to develop their personalities so the reader/audience doesn't see them as simply a "supporting character", but a full 3-dimensional human being. The best thing about the NANA series is how human everyone is; there is no "good" or "evil", everyone has their own selfish desires and motivations for doing something. It makes people really contemplate about their current social situations and whether you should compromise your own desires in order to make someone else happy. It's a bit heavy on the drama side, but very refreshing to see something based off of an anime/manga where things aren't about a world of magic. It's about something much more dangerous: how hearts can be hurt and love.
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