Makoto Shinkai’s upcoming film ‘Suzume’ has revealed more of its Japanese voice actor cast. Notably joining Nanoka Hara as Suzume Iwato and actor/singer Hokuto Matsumura will be leading actress Eri Fukatsu.
Check out the latest Suzume film trailer below:
FULL CHARACTER PROFILES AND COMMENTS FROM SUZUME JAPANESE VOICE CAST MEMBERS
ERI FUKATSU as TAMAKI IWATO
Suzume’s aunt who works at a local fishing company. She lives with Suzume as her guardian, but can be a little overprotective at times.
Eri Fukatsu on playing Tamaki Iwato:
“To breathe life into Suzume’s aunt Tamaki by giving her a voice, I humbly took up the challenge despite it being my first time working on a project like this.
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.
Helping deliver that is my mission for ‘Suzume’ and I intend to leave nothing on the table.”
“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.”
SHOTA SOMETANI as MINORU OKABE
He works at a local fishing company in the town where Suzume lives and is Tamaki’s coworker. He has a one-sided crush on Tamaki.
Shota Sometani on voicing Minoru Okabe:
“Never did I imagine myself participating in ‘Suzume,’ when I first saw the trailer in theaters. Director Shinkai is subtle yet precise in his approach, and I am honored to be a part of the dynamic worlds he creates.
The character I play in this film, Minoru, is a fresh, pure and honest soul, and is like a metaphor embodying the town’s spirit where Suzume is from.
I hope that everyone has the chance to see this movie in theaters and find out what adventure awaits on the other side of the door.
I have no doubt that everyone will be drawn into this magnificent world.”
SAIRI ITO as RUMI NINOMIYA
A single-mother raising young twins and runs a bar in Kobe city. She picks up Suzume who was hitchhiking on the side of the street.
Sairi Ito on voicing Rumi Ninomiya:
“My first reaction when I saw the trailer for ‘Suzume’ in theaters was, ‘Yes! Finally, another Shinkai film!’ and was in 100% audience mode.
Little did I know I was about to receive an offer to play a character in this wonderful film. You can imagine my surprise, LOL.
I never imagined myself jumping into Shinkai’s world. The character I play, Rumi, is a strong, bright, lively and caring woman, so as I was reading her lines and going into character, I could feel my mind at ease.
Makoto Shinkai’s direction was very courteous and delicate in some ways that made me want to rise to the occasion of performing my character as well as I could.
Recording in the sound booth was an absolute joy, but now that we’re done, I’m back to being a member of the audience, eagerly awaiting the film’s release.”
KOTONE HANASE as CHIKA AMABE
The energetic high school girl Suzume encounters in Ehime Prefecture, who is the same age as Suzume. Her family runs a local inn.
Kotone Hanase on voicing Chika Amabe:
“My audition was my first time voice acting, so I was honored to have Director Shinkai guide me through my performance. When I heard that I got the role, I remember thinking, ‘Are you sure I’m the one?’ but was ecstatic nonetheless.
Chika is a junior in high school from Ehime Prefecture and encounters Suzume on her journey. She’s someone Suzume can lean on, while also nudging Suzume forward.
The recording process was so much fun because I got to go into such a bright and energetic character.
No matter the age, this is a film that gives people courage and helps you reaffirm your love for one another. It will mean different things to different people. I’m honored to be a part of such a wonderful film.”
KANA HANAZAWA as TSUBAME IWATO
Suzume’s mother. She’s an amazing cook and craftsperson who can carve almost anything out of wood. She’s also Tamaki’s older sister.
Kana Hanazawa on voicing Tsubame Iwato:
“I’m delighted to once again be cast in one of Makoto Shinkai’s films. My character, Tsubame, is a cheerful and lively woman who is also Tsubame’s mother. And, she has very strong ties to that chair that Suzume used when she was little.
I took great care in performing the memorable ‘slice-of-life’ scenes throughout the film.
I thought Suzume was lovely as she ventured out on her ‘journey to close doors’ while discovering herself along the way. This film is a must-see in theaters!”
HAKUO MATSUMOTO as HITSUJIRO MUNAKATA
Souta’s grandfather. He is also Souta’s mentor and master when it comes to their profession of “Closing” doors. However, he is currently in a hospital in Tokyo.
Hakuo Matsumoto on voicing Hitsujiro Munakata:
“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 performance. He was very friendly and kept a positive mood during production, for which I am very grateful.
Hitsujiro was a difficult character to play. The director’s first words were, ‘This character needs to be dignified, with class’ and I thought over and over to myself, what ‘class’ meant in my performance.
The team members on the project were all amazing and treated me so well on set. I cannot wait for the November 11 release of the film, and hope everyone is as excited as I am.”
Previously Revealed Suzume Japanese Voice Cast
NANOKA HARA as SUZUME IWATO
“Suzume is voiced by up-and-coming talent, Nanoka Hara, who was cast over her 1,700 peers who also auditioned for the role. What lay waiting for Suzume and Nanoka is a new adventure no one has seen.
New encounters and farewells among the various challenges they face in the film. Yet, their journey to press on will be a ray of light for all of us who live side-by-side with uncertainty and restraint.”
HOKUTO MNATSUMURA as SOUTA MUNAKATA
“Cast for his abundance of “inner calm.” In Suzume, he had the monumental task of voicing a chair, which he did brilliantly.”
“17-year-old Suzume’s journey begins in a quiet town in Kyushu when she encounters a young man who tells her, “I’m looking for a door.” What Suzume finds is a single weathered door standing upright in the midst of ruins as though it was shielded from whatever catastrophe struck. Seemingly drawn by its power, Suzume reaches for the knob…
Doors begin to open one after another all across Japan, unleashing destruction upon any who are near. Souta is known as a “Closer” who travels across Japan locking these doors shut.
As the door opens, however, the mysterious white cat nicknamed “AristoCat” appears before them. “I love Suzume, but you [Souta] are in the way” as it uttered those words, Souta becomes Suzume’s childhood chair, she has cherished since she was little.
Souta chases the cat as a 3-legged chair, and Suzume sprints after Souta in a panic. Eventually, they will travel together from Kyushu to Shikoku, Kansai and Tokyo on their journey to close doors.
On her travels, Suzume encounters several people who help her as she helps them. But what awaited her at the end of her journey was a certain truth that has been long forgotten.
Guided by these mysterious doors, Suzume’s journey is about to begin.”
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