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To Be Captured On Film
Translated by Lisa
"NANA," the most popular manga among high school girls in both Japan and Taiwan, is in the process of being filmed into a movie. It stars two very famous celebrities, Mika Nakashima and Aoi Miyazaki as the leading roles.
"NANA's" Success Is Incomparible.
December 19th 2004 - UDN Entertainment News - [ Source ]
Sales for the manga have reached far above 17 million copies in Japan. Taiwan has also sold over 150,000 copies of "NANA." Author Ai Yazawa hopes that the movie will be able to reach out to non-readers of "NANA," as well as the already increasing population of "NANA" fans. This "Queen of Shoujo Manga" artist already had one of her novels, "Kagen no Tsuki," filmed into a movie in 2004 (starring Hyde, Chiaki Kuriyama, and Hiroki Narimiya).
The featured star of the movie is Mika Nakashima, who already has an impressive list of accomplishments: Her singles have sold over a record of 600,000 copies; She received the Golden Disk 2002 Award; Japan's Best New Artist Award; etc. She has made her place among the most elite of Asian artists. Bestowed with a beautiful voice as well as a beautiful face, Mika Nakashima is the perfect candidate to play the role of Osaki Nana, who is the lead singer of the rock group, "Blast."
Aoi Miyazaki will be playing the role of the other Nana, also known as Hachi. Her character is described to be very naiive and has a habit of falling in love at first sight, which is no challenge to a seasoned actress like Aoi Miyazaki. Male characters in the movie will be played by Hiroki Narimiya, Ryuhei Matsuda, and Tetsuji Tamayama.