Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Mika Nakashima, Yui Ichikawa, Nobuo Kyou, Tetsuji Tamayama, Hongo Kanata
Director: Kentaro Otani
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Music Video & Concerts, Animation
Based on the popular manga by Ai Yazawa, NANA 2 is the sequel to the movie NANA, which follows the adventures of two girls, both named Nana. Taking place shortly after the end of the first movie, NANA 2 focuses on the duo'... more »
Nana is Back, Bigger and Better Than Ever
Kay Nichelle | 01/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The second movie is a vast improvement from the first movie. Not that the first movie was bad, but they obviously received a much bigger budget the second time around. Visually, the cinematography is stunning, with an abundance of clear, crisp and beautiful shots around Japan. The second movie stays very true to the manga as well, with the exception of leaving out a particular storyline. But I find that most movie adaptations of literature leave out various details, it's just something that commonly happens between the transfer of mediums, and understandably so (live-action adaptations have time constraints). If they had included all of the details of the manga, the movie would surely seem crammed, so I don't mind the absense of details here. The acting in the movie was also stellar and quite believable, and the humor/comedy of Ai Yazawa's original work remains in tact as well. I felt this was tragically missing from the first movie.
Overall, excellent adaptation of the manga. The characters were chosen well, the music is entertaining and appropriate, and the plot moves at a great pace so you remain invested in the story. My one, admittedly petty, complaint is that the actress who played Hachi in the first movie (Aoi Miyazaki) was much, much cuter and more "Hachi-like" than Yui Ichikawa, who plays her in the second movie. Ichikawa did a fine job acting, she just isn't nearly as cute, and Hachi is very cute... I know she can't help that. Sorry. (I said it was petty). :) Kenichi Matsuyama also does not make a second appearance in movie 2, and instead Kanata Hongo takes on the role of Shin. I am a huge fan of Matsuyama, but this switch is preferred, as he was really too old to play the role of Shin. This was a good switch.
If you're a Nana fan, this must be apart of your Ai Yazawa collection.
Not as good as Nana 1, but a must for Nana fans
steven roy | Seattle United States | 02/07/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First I must say I loved the first Nana Movie, it ranks right next to Linda Linda Linda. Nana 2 was not as upbeat as the first, possible because my favorite characters, Nana (Hachi)and Ren were played by other actors. I thought that the chemistry between Nana and Ren made the first movie, Ren in the second was not as close to Nana, they seemed somewhat distant. I thought that Nana (Hachi) should have ended up with Nobu in the second because their personalities fit each other. But she ended up with pretty boy Takumi. The story was much stronger in the first Nana,
Nana 2 was more about Nana's(Hachi)loves and how it affected the band.
But I loved both movies, the first more than the second though."
Had some good moments, but I felt let down by both Nanas and
Mir | North Miami Beach, FL USA | 04/12/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Spoilers Galore. Tread with caution if you haven't read the manga:
I really liked Nana, the first flick based on the popular manga about two Japanese gals, both named Nana, who end up via coincidence/fate becoming roommates, then best friends. Both girls have serious relationship issues and both end up suffering setbacks. Together, though, they find a harbor with each other and start to move toward love again. The first flick had Ryuhei Matsuda as Ren, and while he's not as handsome as the taller actor who plays Ren in Nana 2, Matsuda was actually a more compelling presence and had real chemistry in his scenes with Mika in Nana 1.
In Nana 2, rocker Nana's career starts to move forward, which is nice, but I get nuts about how she still keeps a distance from Ren,who clearly loves her and wants he to live with him. I do not get this girl and her pride, but pride is her main failing and it continues to be an obstacle. The other Nana (Hachi) turns into this really mushy, submissive, nothing, and it's horrible to watch. Really horrible. Here was this energetic, bouncy gal without much in terms of accomplishment (other than being a super cook and chipper cute gal), and in the face of meeting a mystifyingly distant one minute and mystifyingly insightful lover the next dream guy (played by the uberhottie Tetsuji Tamayama, who frankly gives me the vapors he's so hot), she turns into an aproned soulless mistress. Ick. My skin crawls.
And yet, we do understand why she chooses the hottie rich rocker over Nobu. Nobu is sweet, funny, endearing, thoughtful and very easy to like. We think, "Oh, surely she's gonna pick him." But no. She picks the broody, thoughtless, but insightful hottie. And explains why. And, yes, we get it, but I still hated that she did.
I loved the Hyde song they used in the first film, a terrifically catchy song you keep singing after the movie is over, performed very nicely by the Black Stones (the group in the flick of which Nana is the frontwoman). Glamourous Sky. (Do head over to youtube and search for the live performance by Hyde, shirtless, with Kaz on guitar, which is a real treat.) No song in this film caught my fancy. Pity.
I agree with the previous commenters that the original Hachi had a certain charm and cute factor that was more muted in Hachi in Nana 2. Mika Nakashima may not be the greatest actress and all, but I think she does a really good job portraying Nana (the rocker), with her pencil-thin legs and arms and moody expressions. I love the scene where she comforts Nobu in the street after revealing to him a painful plot twist.
I missed the delectably upper-lipped Kenichi Matsuyama, but the boyish actor cast as the bassist was quite adorably gangly and sweet.
I wish they'd given Ren more screen time. Seems to me he was short-shrifted, and that actor was a hottie giving Takumi a visual run for the money.
Really, if you like hot Japanese boys, this is a good film to catch some eye candy. If you like romantic themes and stories with musicians who will perform for you, this will do that. But be prepared to wanna slap both these gals upside the head for some of their choices.
And overall, it's enjoyable, if lacking some of the drive of Nana, the first."