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11 June 2010 @ 06:09 pm
Movie: Nana  
I started watching the movie Nana yesterday afternoon, and finished it this morning.  It's a Japanese film from 2005, based on the manga series by Ai Yazawa.  Although I watch a fair amount of Japanese anime, it's pretty unusual for me to watch a live-action movie, but I guess I put this one on my Netflix queue ages ago and forgot all about it until it showed up randomly in my mailbox.

To borrow the plot summary from Netflix: This movie follows the adventures of two girls named Nana who depend on each other's help to realize their dreams: Nana Komatsu yearns for true love, while Nana Osaki wants to get her punk band off the ground. The two meet on a train to Tokyo, where Nana K. aims to reunite with her boyfriend and Nana O. hopes to make it big in the music business. Despite their differences, the pair hit it off and become roommates.

I was surprised by how much I liked the movie, but it's pretty easy to explain why: whoever was in charge of casting absolutely nailed the main characters.  The two Nanas were perfect, each completely true to their manga counterpart.  I mean, they looked right, dressed right, and when Nana O. sings her voice is great.  It's a deeper voice, with a slight hoarseness, but with power in it.  (I think that's more or less how it was described in the comic.)  Ren and Yasu seemed to have stepped directly out of the comic's pages, too.  Only one character struck me as a little off, and that was Nana O.'s new bass player , Shin.  The actor looked too old for the role (Shin's supposed to be 16 or 17, I think?  Can't quite remember) but he did a good job with it. He just didn't match, visually.

It's weird.  I'm trying to think of any other anime-to-live action or manga-to-live action movies I've watched that I enjoyed.  The only thing I can think of is the Sailor Moon TV series.  I remember watching a few episodes on Youtube, but I never came close to finishing the series.
kerokerotab on June 17th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
You never saw Nana movie til now? I thought you were one of the first people to see it. I'm watching the anime version on hulu.

You never finished SM anime or live action show?
Suzik00kaburra on June 17th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Contrary to popular belief, I *really* don't watch that much TV :-p
brokenliich on June 17th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
if you want some help with finding things, my sister can help. ^_^ she LOVES them. i would suggest greenwood. i enjoyed it a lot!

also, apparently the 2nd movie for nana is really sad and a bunch of really horrible things happens! my sister actually wouldn't watch the 2nd movie once she found that out. i think she actually stopped reading the series, too. her friend had seen it so she told her what happened. rather sad.

anyways, she enjoys talking about things like this. look her up if you want. she's on my facebook FL under "jasmine krys". ^_^
Suzik00kaburra on June 17th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I just got the 2nd Nana movie today. I'll probably watch it once summer starts. :) Apparently the manga's been on hiatus since mid-2009...I had no idea 'til just now. Sad huh?

I'll have to bug your sister and check out Greenwood :)
Kuruma Chidori: godotchidorichan on June 17th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
They filmed the 2nd Nana movie so soon after the 1st, but recast a lot of roles, including Nana H! ^^; (Because the original actress didn't want to play a role that involved sex scenes... They were more like "kiss and then flash forward to having a sheet over your body scenes" than "sex scenes," but whatever.)

Try 20th Century Boys! It can be cheesy, but it's still a good manga-to-live-action adaptation.
jeanniejeannietran on June 17th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I've probably seen almost every Sailor Moon episode. Recently. I remember watching some random episodes with my cousin in middle school when it was on TV, and a few months ago something random made me want to watch them all again. You can find them all over the internet. The later episodes get really weird.