CoMix Wave Films, STORY, and TOHO are proud to reveal the latest trailer for Makoto Shinkai’s latest film, Suzume. The latest trailer features scenes with performances from the newly revealed A-list Japanese cast.
Joining Nanoka Hara as Suzume Iwato and Hokuto Matsumura as Souta Munakata will be leading Japanese actress Eri Fukatsu as Suzume’s aunt, Tamaki Iwato, who lives with Suzume as her guardian while working as a manager at a fishing company. Eri Fukatsu is known for her performance in “Villain (Akunin, 2010)” for which she won the Best Actress Award at the Montreal World Film Festival as well as the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and has most recently starred in the TV drama, “Come Come, Everybody.”
Joining her will be Kabuki actor Hakuo Matsumoto, who will be playing Souta’s grandfather, and Master Closer Hitsujiro Munakata, who is stern and cold but cares deeply for Souta. Hakuo has had a decorated career in other disciplines, including stage plays and TV dramas, most notably the “Man of La Mancha” stage play adaptation, which launched his career on the stage for over 50 years.
Eri said, “In spite of my lack of experience, Director Shinkai and the rest of the crew poured everything into this project, which will be reflected in the emotion delivered straight into the hearts of audiences around the world.” Hakuo added, “It was my first time playing a character in an anime film, and Director Shinkai did a wonderful job of guiding me through to the best performances. He was very friendly and kept a positive mood during production, for which I am very grateful.”
Minoru Okabe, Tamaki’s fisherman colleague, will be voiced by Shota Sometani. Rumi Ninomiya, the bar hostess and single mother of two who Suzume encounters in Kobe, will be voiced by Sairi Ito. Chika Amabe, the energetic high school girl Suzume meets in Aichi, will be voiced by Kotone Hanase. And Suzume’s mother, Tsubame Iwato, will be voiced by Kana Hanazawa.
Suzume is expected to open in Japanese movie theaters on November 11th, 2022, and will be distributed in all major territories beginning in early 2023. In North America, Crunchyroll is the sole distributor. In Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, the Middle East, and portions of Europe, the film will be distributed by Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures Entertainment. In French- and German-speaking Europe, the film will be co-released by Crunchyroll, Sony Pictures, and Wild Bunch International.
Check out the latest trailer for Suzume!
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