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Yazawa Ai's extremely popular manga comes to life in NANA, the exciting new film starring popular singer Nakashima Mika and Miyazaki Aoi! Released in 2005, NANA tells the story of two twenty-year-old women with the same name, but drastically different personalities.

First up, there's Osaki Nana (Nakashima Mika), a calm, cool, and collected punk rock singer who struts into Tokyo's underground punk scene looking to hit the big time. While Nana's got some ex-boyfriend issues that she's eager to put behind her, she won't allow that personal drama to interfere with her big dream. In fact, Nana's not going to stop until she's conquered Japan as the nation's top rock star! The other "Nana" of the title is Komatsu Nana (TV actress Miyazaki Aoi), who is alternatively called Hachi. Cute and cheerful, Hachi led a somewhat sheltered life and has a bad habit of falling in love too quickly. She had some relationship problems in the past, but when she falls for her high school pal Junko, she decides to follow him to Tokyo when he gets admitted to an art design school. By moving to the big city, she hopes to find love and happiness in this new locale.

By pure chance, Nana and Hachi end up meeting on a train, and thanks to a chain of coincidences involving the number seven, the two of them end up sharing the same apartment. Its number? 707! So even with all the twists of fate in their favor, can these two very different people live under the same roof and get along? And will they eventually find the happiness they've dreamed for so long? The answers are revealed in NANA, director Kentarou Ootani's winning film adaptation of the popular girl's comic!

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Product Title: NANA Standard Edition (Japan Version) NANA STANDARD EDITION (日本版) NANA STANDARD EDITION (日本版) NANA スタンダード・エディション NANA Standard Edition (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Nakashima Mika | Miyazaki Aoi | Narimiya Hiroki | Matsuda Ryuhei | Tamayama Tetsuji | Hiraoka Yuta 中島美嘉 | 宮崎葵 | 成宮寬貴 | 松田龍平 | 玉山鐵二 | 平岡祐太 中岛美嘉 | 宫崎葵 | 成宫宽贵 | 松田龙平 | 玉山铁二 | 平冈佑太 中島美嘉  | 宮崎あおい | 成宮寛貴 | 松田龍平 | 玉山鉄二 | 平岡祐太 나카시마 미카 | Miyazaki Aoi | Narimiya Hiroki | Matsuda Ryuhei | Tamayama Tetsuji | Hiraoka Yuta
Release Date: 2006-03-03
Publisher Product Code: TDV-16041D
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese
Place of Origin: Japan
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Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
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April 1, 2006

This professional review refers to NANA (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Based upon Yazawa Ai's manga, first serialised in 1999 through Cookie, NANA tells the story of two unlikely souls who, as fate would have it, become the best of friends. When Komatsu Nana (Miyazaki Aoi) takes a train to Tokyo in order to start a new life with her boyfriend Shoji (Yuuta Hiraoka), she ends up sitting next to a young, leather-clad woman who appears to be too cool for school, and she probably is. Her name is Osaki Nana (Nakashima Mika), a budding rock vocalist formerly of the band Black Stones. Their common name soon sparks off a conversation between the two. As she leaves the train, Komatsu loses sight of Osaki; disappointed she carries on, trying to make a life for herself and Shoji until he asks her to become more independent. This prompts her to go searching for an apartment and she manages to find a ridiculously cheap one, but lo and behold, just as she's expressing her interest, Osaki turns up to check out the place too. After briefly deliberating, they decide to share it, and so sets up the beginning of their relationship. Osaki is soon visited by her ex-band mates Nobu (Narimiya Hiroki) and Yasu (Maruyama Tomoki), who convince her to start up a new band. When Osaki's ex-boyfriend and former "Black Stones" bassist Ren (Matsuda Ryuhei) travels to Tokyo to tour with his new band TRAPNEST, Osaki tries harder than ever to chase her dream and fulfil her sense of pride. With Nana and Nana living under the same roof, it's only a matter of time before each begins to discover more about themselves and those around them.

NANA's success over the past six years has been quite astounding; having covered just about every known media from comic books and multiple CDs to video games and movie adaptations, its success has undoubtedly been phenomenal. Today the manga still thrives and it seemingly has yet to show any signs of slowing down. I have to confess at this point that I have never read the manga, and I'm willing to bet that very few people outside of Asia have been enjoying this series on the same level as the Japanese have been. Going into NANA then on a more personal note is an easy task; there's no sense of trepidation, wondering if it does its source material justice. Quite frankly, I don't know if it deviates from its original publication or if it's a rousing success. What I can tell you is that in this world of ever profusely flowing romantic dramas and teen angst tales, NANA is a fairly solid addition. Of course we must take into account that the film is a starting point, with a sequel already in the planning stages, and so I don't imagine that NANA the film can possibly cover anywhere near as much ground as the series of books undoubtedly has. I'm actually somewhat surprised that Yazawa's creation hasn't been adapted into an anime or TV drama, though at this stage I wouldn't be surprised if we see either at some point. With that said, we still end up with something that concludes on a nice note, not necessarily claiming itself to be a prelude to later events, and I imagine that prior to its theatrical run there was no such intent for expansion.

NANA is first and foremost a shojo comic. This means that for all intents it's geared toward a young female audience. These comics are usually stereotypical affairs, filled with plenty of melodrama and sappiness, and presumably this title would have been just the same. Judging the film, it seems as if Yazawa was onto something more. The most immediate standout is its sense of style, something that Japan has always managed to embrace on some bizarre level, from the swinging sixties up to more recent times that have seen Ganguro girls take the streets of Tokyo by storm. I’m not quite sure how to categorize NANA's appearance however; it's a fusion of Western and Asian ideas that can be identified by just about any viewer in some form or another. Certainly they're exciting and lavish and manage to individualize each player, giving a strong insight into their various lifestyles. Nana Komatsu dresses prim and proper as if to suggest an upper class citizen, yet she's from a humble background and carries the most bubbly and infectious personality that we could ever wish to see. Nana Osaki and the few friends around her inhabit more typical garments that are readily associated with the rock music that they play, i.e. lots of leather. Then there are various supporting characters that range from wearing patchwork threads or casual jumpers and jeans, to semi-Rastafarians and cowgirls. Indeed NANA has a visual flair that immediately separates it from some of the modern efforts of late, but that's not the only thing that it excels at in being a little wayward.

Yazawa presents us with two girls who are linked by a single number, that being seven (Nana). Not only do they share the same name, they also end up living in an apartment numbered 707. Of course, what goes on to be prevailing is the sheer number of amazing coincidences that take place from start to finish. People often say that the world is a small place and in NANA it most certainly rings truer than ever. Nana and Nana first meet on a train, they separate and meet in the same apartment by chance; Nana Komatsu's boyfriend Shoji is an art student studying oils, who meets a new girl at his work place who also just happens to be an art student specializing in oils. Later, Komatsu just so happens to win a pair of front row tickets to see Ren's new band TRAPNEST! Director Kentaro Otani helms his biggest hit to date with a keen sense of pacing, which is remarkable given how much actually hits us onscreen. Despite these glaring plot devices, Otani manages to weave them together very well, while still finding time to flesh out his protagonists. He does so by first of all telling us the story through Nana Komatsu's point of view, as foretold via narration. Nana Osaki, on the other hand, is explored through a series of flashbacks, which we see during her quieter moments of reflection. This makes things a little more interesting for the viewer, as neither character is able to fully open up to one another until much later. What's important is that, above all, they care for each other in their own way and provide the necessary space that they require. Still, Otani is left with the dilemma of choosing who to focus on and when. As we approach the final thirty minutes, much of NANA concentrates on Osaki, whereas just about a full hour prior sees Komatsu deal with problems brought on by her loved ones and herself. Although the title is NANA, which presumably signifies both characters, the film comes across as a main focal point for Osaki, largely due to Komatsu's narration which heaps praise upon the friend that helped in turning her life around. In the end though, we definitely see that both have become pillars of support for one another.

NANA could be classed as a celebration of having ambitions and taking the chances that are handed to you. Two of its main driving points are the aforementioned relationship studies and the dominant usage of music. Here the lives of everybody involved are waiting to be turned around by the one thing that they all share in common - enthusiasm for rock and roll. NANA quickly demonstrates the true power of song as Nakashima Mika belts out "Glamorous Sky," while Yuna Ito - in her debut - wistfully sings "Endless Story." With these being the film's main signature pieces, Otani does well to utilize them as essential narrative devices, as both have a strong emotional resonance when pitted with the central characters. Rather than relying on potentially fatal and melodramatic music cues, we have powerful anthems that challenge the viewer's senses and ultimately bring home a greater sense of fulfillment, especially when witnessing each respective character's reaction to said music as we learn that it's everything that they live for.

Crucial to NANA's success are the performances from its two leads. Miyazaki Aoi approaches her role with plenty of sincerity; after all, her Nana is the audiences' gateway into the film. Her narration is appropriately delivered, illustrating key points throughout, while keeping to a respectable minimum. Whilst onscreen she imbues her character with a great zest for life. Her bubbly, not overly bright, yet sweet persona makes for a likeable character, despite the inherent flaws that has seen loved ones distance themselves from her. Miyazaki is an actor who can instantly win over an audience with a smile that's enough to make the viewer feel safe and cozy. As an initial contrast, Nakashima Mika's Nana is an introverted, laid-back soul who bottles up her emotions by masking them with her outward appearance. Though her style is part of who she is, Osaki uses it as an extra means to shut herself out. She maintains a cool façade that her boyfriend Ren also employs in order to give himself a better reputation, whilst the reality is that she envies her new friend in many ways, and vice versa. Nakashima, who I know best for being a pop singer, has often experimented in the past, from catchy numbers to ballads and even adding extra spice in the form of jazz for a couple of numbers. In NANA she's given an opportunity to branch out and go the rock route with numbers penned from superstars such as HYDE, allowing her powerful vocals to extend beyond what she might be best known for doing. In both respects, as a singer first and foremost and an actor, Nakashima puts in a very commendable performance, and between herself and Miyazaki a heart-warming relationship is formed. The rest of the cast make do with what they have. Most notably perhaps is Ryuhei Matsuda as Ren (son of the late Yusaku) who isn't given much more to do than look broody, though he does keep things largely understated. The energetic Nobu, played by Narimiya Hiroki (who looks like he belongs in a band) elicits a positive, outgoing vibe that helps to keep his friends close. Above all, the casting is inspired, with enough authenticity from its performers to see things coast along breezily.

Panorama Distributions: the name might strike fear into many, and that wouldn't be the least bit surprising, all things considered. For this review I've been sent the single disc edition of the film, which isn't exactly a top-drawer release, being an entirely bare bones affair. Neither is the audio and visual side as solid as it could be. There is a special edition also available from the company, which comprises of two discs and a DTS soundtrack, which has curiously been omitted here.

Presented in an anamorphically enhanced aspect ratio of 1.85:1, NANA has only that to recommend it. While detail is generally pleasing and flesh tones appear natural, black levels aren't deep enough and contrast and brightness appear to be slightly boosted. In addition we have compression artefacts such as edge enhancement and macro blocking and an interlaced transfer that exhibits both combing and ghosting. All this on a double-sided DVD-9 makes this highly disappointing.

Japanese DD2.0 Stereo and DD5.1 Surround tracks are available, the latter of which marginally makes up for the relatively poor transfer. Of course the most important aspect is the film's soundtrack, which is given a nice workout, though it doesn't feel as charged as it probably should. That said the music segments are lively enough, with a few decent surround moments, and the film's dialogue never poses any problems. Optional English subtitles are also available and for a Hong Kong DVD translation these come across very well, with no dodgy grammatical or timing errors.

NANA surprised me a lot more than I expected it to by providing a story that doesn't go over the top with melodrama and actually presents characters in a realistic manner, each of whom have flaws and desires to be closer to those who can fulfil their perfect ideals. It's also a nice look into Japanese youth culture today, backed by a rousing soundtrack and charismatic performances. While a few niggles here and there suggest it might not be all too perfect, NANA is nonetheless an entertaining film. Shame then that Panorama Distributions hasn't done a great deal to honour it.

by Kevin Gilvear - DVD Times

November 30, 2005

On a train to Tokyo, Komatsu (Miyazaki Aoi) sits next to NANA (Nakashima Mika), a budding vocalist of rock band, BLACK STONES. They part at Tokyo Station, but they cross paths again as they compete for the same apartment. They decide to move in together and despite their differences, introspective NANA and outgoing Nana become firm friends.

The recently lovelorn Nana [Komatsu] wins a pair of tickets to see her favorite band, TRAPNEST, in concert and invites NANA along. NANA has reservations about seeing the band play live due to her unresolved feelings towards TRAPNEST's guitarist, Ren, her ex-boyfriend and ex-BLACK STONES bassist.

The concert begins and Ren steps onto the stage. NANA sits below in the front row and her eyes fill with tears as memories come flooding back. Will NANA and Ren be reunited…?

I was very much caught off guard by NANA on my first viewing. I'm still not sure what my expectations were going into my first viewing but needless to say NANA went in an unexpected direction than I had anticipated. Understand that before watching NANA I had no prior connection with the popular Manga or the anime series. I had the first few fan subs on my hard drive but I didn't give them much attention and they were quickly erased to make room. What I did see looked, well, fluffy. So I went into my review a NANA innocent. But I have read nothing but positive feedback from fans of the manga about the accuracy of the movie to the source material. Anyone else who is more familiar with the manga and the accuracy between the two is free to comment for or against.

Thankfully as the story unfolds we are saved of any Lemmon/Matthau comedic impulses to use the relationship between the two girls to rip a laugh out of the viewer's throat. Instead we're shown a friendship that grows despite the two characters being so much the opposite of each other. Nana is irresistibly drenched in sugar and spice and every nice. NANA is very much the smoky and sultry one. We're offered, I believe, two extremes of character between the two. Nana is very much what unfamiliar westerners would assume is your typical young Japanese woman - she's bubbly, likes matching strawberry glasses and pastels are her friend; NANA is the type of woman we want them to be - she drinks, smokes, sings in a band and her leathers are tight [though I was fighting the urge to yell out for Mika to eat something - gosh her arms are skinny]. You cannot get more opposite than this. Yet despite all this a friendship forms almost instantly, whereas in any other genre (or country?) this likely would have been played out for laughs or to make a moral point. This coming together of two opposing character types is clearly played out visually in the middle of the film while the story shifts focus from Nana to NANA. Nana is wearing NANA's leather jacket and NANA is wearing Nana's shawl. I found this look on relationships incredibly refreshing. So often films get bogged down trying to work out differences between two opposing characters when it's not even necessary.

And as much as we are offered a characterized representation of both extremes we see two love stories played out completely opposite as well. Sure, they follow convention and how they unravel is nothing new but I don't think that the relationships are what are key to the message of this film. But, while you could not draw a clear cut conclusion about the way love works from the two examples in the film you do see two ways in which it can be played out and what helps bring you through. What that boils down to is your relationships. It's about who you have to fall back on, to push you or to support you as you go about your daily life. "You've got to think about your partner. It takes two to make a relationship work." And I'll take that slightly out of its context and attribute it to the relationship between our two girls.

What I didn't expect was the sincerity in which the movie took its themes. Director Kentaro Otani smartly injects flashbacks at the appropriate times throughout the film. They're all about NANA and her relationship with Ren and the course that it runs before they catch up with the current storyline. So while the first half of the film focuses on the relationship between Nana and her boyfriend Shoji, we're still very much interested in the relationship between NANA and Ren. It plays out more like a fairy tale during the first half as a backdrop to Nana's relational woes. And those flashbacks are intensely emotional and intimate too. Another thing I was not prepared for. Hey, I'm a dinosaur. This lovey dovey thing frightens me. Though I must say I now need a bigger bathtub and a constant supply of rose petals nearby.

The performances from Mika and Aoi are fine. Though known more for her singing career, Mika does the better job given her background. I must say that Matsuda, the prettiest man in Japan, wasn't given much to work with though the moody rock star thing isn't that hard to do. The rest of the cast fits all the stereotypes just fine and from what I have read the character design also matches the manga very well.

Women will dig it. Guys will dig it because women will dig it, and they may just enjoy it themselves along the way.

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.8 out of 10 (12)

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November 6, 2007

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This one is a keeper! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I hesitated for a long while before purchasing this movie. I assumed that "Nana" probably was a film for adolescents, but I found it to be a film with universal appeal.

"Nana" tells of an unusual friendship between a dour punk rocker and a frilly, eternally cheerful OL. Both are 20 years old, both are named Nana, and both have moved to Tokyo from elsewhere. The rocker moved to the big city to pursue her career; the OL has come to Tokyo to pursue her boyfriend.

They first meet when they sit together on the train bound for Tokyo. They meet again when they both are interested in leasing the same apartment. They decide to move in together and the friendship begins to grow between these two young women who seem to have nothing in common.

We see them go through a series of triumphs and tribulations, watch them grow, and come to care about both of them. Both Nakashima Mika as the rocker and Miyazaki Aoi as her frilly friend are perfect for their roles. I suspect that Miss Miyazaki had the tougher challenge in making us care about someone who at first seems so superficial and silly, but she succeeds admirably and I will be eager to see her work in the future.

"Nana" is a warmly human film, a film with a real, beating heart. In showing us the dreams and disappointments of these two girls, we see something of the dreams and disappointments of all of us. This fine film is recommended very highly by your humble servant.
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July 18, 2007

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NANA review in English Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
The first part of the 2- part NANA movies is excellent. It follows the manga very well.
The acting was good as well. At times certain actors seemed a little stiff but overall it was excellent.

My only issue with the movie is that they really need to make it with English subtitles. My knowledge of kanji is less than sufficient & at times they talk too fast for me to pick up on what they're saying. Luckily I know the story so I was able to get the gist of what they were saying.

If they come out with one with English subtitles, you can bet I'll be the first one to pick up the copy!

Also, the extras are really neat. The photo book was really cool & ever being the "Japanophile" (NOT otaku!) I enjoyed looking at the ads that came with the DVD.
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May 14, 2007

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looove it!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Its really one of my favorites.
Great story line.
Awesome cast.
I highly recommended watching this!
mika and aoi are awesome in here
and i think ren is really cute, not that it matters
and the music is great too!
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July 22, 2006

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Nana Nana Nana~ <3 Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I saw NANA and I absolutely loved it. Im new to the whole NANA series, but Mika Nakashima is was what got to me to see the movie. I got NANA and thankfully it had English Subtitles, and loved the story. Very heartfelt. As soon as I finished it, I waned to buy i so I came straight to yesasia and found the Japanese Special Edition. Im a little dissapointed though because it doesnt have english subtitles! So all the awesome thngs I said to my boyfriend about the movie was wasted because he cant watch it :/

Nana is a manga and anime series, so no doubt English speakers know about it and they'll definately want to see the movie. But unless they know Japanese, it'll be hard for them to, although its not hard to follow the story without the subtitles. Its pretty straight forward~ I still hope an overseas version is made though...
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June 22, 2006

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ooh. Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
i've must admit i wasn't a big fan of nakashima mika, so i bought this movie with much hesitation, and anticipation because of the reviews. i must say she was real darling as NANA. the movie i found was very enjoyable especially the bond between NANA and nana. two opposites that are able to live together and be able to start a friendship, i found it hopeful. and... i loved matsuda ryuhei and NARIMIYA HIROKI! (he's soo cute and adorable)
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