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Nana (2005)

A chance encounter between two girls of the same name, "Nana," triggers a series of events and relationships.


Kentarô Ohtani


Ai Yazawa (comic), Taeko Asano (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mika Nakashima ... Nana Ôsaki
Aoi Miyazaki ... Nana Komatsu
Hiroki Narimiya ... Nobuo Terashima
Yûta Hiraoka ... Shôji Endô
Tomomi Maruyama ... Yasushi Takagi
Ken'ichi Matsuyama ... Shin'ichi Okazaki
Saeko ... Sachiko Kawamura
Yuna Ito Yuna Ito ... Reira
Momosuke Mizutani Momosuke Mizutani ... Naoki Fujieda
Anna Nose Anna Nose ... Junko Saotome
Takehisa Takayama Takehisa Takayama ... Kyôsuke Takakura
Mickey Koga ... Satô Kôichi (as Mitsuki Koga)
Bengal Bengal ... Editor in Chief (as Bengaru)
Toshifumi Muramatsu Toshifumi Muramatsu ... Real Estate Agent
Kazuma Suzuki ... Seiichi Mizukoshi


A friendship is born when two twenty-year-old girls named Nana meet on the night train to Tokyo. Yet, they could not be any more different in appearance, experience or demeanour. One is a pop rock singer with an ambition to conquer the stage. The other wants to be with, and serve, her boyfriend. Written by aghaemi

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Hey girl!. It's me!


Drama | Music | Romance


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Did You Know?


In the story, since both main characters have the same first name, to differentiate one Nana to the other, Nana Osaki affectionately called Nana Komatsu "Hachi", because she thinks Nana Komatsu behaves like a dog, faithful but sometimes annoying. This is actually a play of word. The female name "Nana" is a homonym of the Japanese word "nana" that means "seven", and while "Hachi" is a common dog name in Japan, it is also a homonym of the word "hachi" that means "eight". See more »


When Nobu is playing his tape to Nana the first time, you can clearly hear a bass guitar in the song. This is not possible at that time since Ren left for Tokio long before that and Shin wasn't in the band yet. See more »


Followed by Nana 2 (2006) See more »


Endless Story
Performed by Yuna Ito
Written by Dawn Ann Thomas
Lyrics by Dawn Ann Thomas
Arranged by HAL
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A Young Film that starts off well but gets boring
7 January 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

I liked the freshness in the first half of 'Nana'. The two girls Nana (Nakashima) and Nana (Miyazaki) meet and are reunited by 'coincidence'. Then they decide to move in together and we are shown glimpses of their worklife and lovelife. However, in the second half, as the film shifts to Nakashima's Nana's lovelife, it gets painfully slow and boring. The film was slow to begin with but the first half managed to stay enjoyable. The 'reunion' in the end looks rushed.

The instrumental pieces in the background score add to the freshness and winter season. However the songs are quite bad. Cinematography's quite adequate. From the two Nana's, Miyazaki is the better actress. Even though she frequently shows her toothy smile, she brings out Nana's naivety, vulnerability and cheerfulness with tremendous ease and makes her character very likable. Conversely, Nakashima is mostly wooden. She pretty much has one expression on her face throughout the whole film. The supporting cast ranges from adequate to wooden.

So to speak, 'Nana' could have been very enjoyable had the second part received more consideration. This film may appeal more to the younger generation.

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Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan


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1.85 : 1
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