Friday, October 5, 2007

Review: NANA 2 (live-action movie)

Summary
Genre: Romance
Release Date: Dec. 9, 2006
Starring: Nakashima Mika as Osaki Nana, Ichikawa Yui as Nana "Hachi" Komatsu

NANA 2 takes place after the events of the first movie. Komatsu Nana meets her favourite member of the popular rock band TRAPNEST, Takumi. Takumi brings Nana to his hotel room and the next thing you know, he starts liking her. Meanwhile, Osaki Nana has her doubts about Takumi and is experiencing difficultly in her own life. Both girls must now keep their friendship from falling apart and deal with their issues in life.

Interesting Fact
Many of the actors and actresses in NANA did not reprise their role in NANA 2. The most notable change is that Miyazaki Aoi no longer plays Komatsu Nana. Other changes include the characters of Ren and Okazaki Shinichi.

Review
Just like the First NANA movie, NANA 2 is flat-out boring to sit through. There are tons of moments where nothing is happening. Moments where one character is just starring at another character, no dialogue, no movement, no action...no joke. I also noticed that many of these scenes are boring because there's a lack of background music. Background is important in any movie. In NANA 2, there's scenes where a lot of drama is going on, but absolutely no background music is present. Having more background music would have greatly reduced the boringness.

To makes things worse, NANA 2 ended without finishing the Takumi storyline. Close to the ending, you get to find out something about Takumi that's a bit shocking, but then the movie ends and the story feels a bit uncompleted.


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Pros

  • Real-life J-music artist, Yuna Ito does a nice short preformance
  • Story does get a bit more interesting halfway through...
Cons
  • ...but shortly after that, it gets boring again
  • just flat-out boring throughout
  • lack of background music (especially in very dramatic scenes)
  • minor cliffhanger at the end
  • it's more than 2 hours long
  • I thought Miyazaki Aoi played Komatsu Nana better
Recommendation
Unless you enjoy every aspect of the first NANA movie, I suggest you stay away from this one.

Rating: 6.5/10

1 comments:

coeli October 15, 2007 at 9:12 PM  

For the new actors, I only welcomed the new Shin, who fit the role really well. As for Ren and Hachi, I liked the old actors better...

As for the movie being a cliff-hanger, I guess it's because of the fact that NANA isn't really finished yet ^_^

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