Makoto Shinkai Casts Nanoka Hara to Play the Lead Role of Suzume Iwato in "Suzume no To

By: Comix Wave Films
TOKYO, Japan - July 5, 2022 - PRLog -- Director Makoto Shinkai casts up-and-coming fresh talent Nanoka Hara to play the lead role in his upcoming film, "Suzume no Tojimari," out of over 1,700 auditions. Since the key visual was revealed in April along with the four keywords, "Traveling Young Man," "White Cat," "Small Chair," and "The Key to Doors," the film has gained considerable interest from press around the world. The upcoming film follows his previous two blockbusters, "Your Name." (2016) and "Weathering with You" (2019), which garnered unprecedented international acclaim.

When told the news that she was cast, Nanoka burst into tears saying, "I'm going to do my best!"

"It feels like I'm dreaming. My heart is still racing. When I was in the 7th grade, I saw one of Makoto Shinkai's films for the first time, and it moved me so much. I never imagined I would be on the other side, delivering that same emotion to audiences. Something big is about to happen and everything looks so bright and shiny.

"Suzume no Tojimari is a story that reminds us of the importance of human connection and warmth, something which feels like it's been lost in recent years. After leaving the movie theater, the entire world should look renewed and vibrant. It's a wonderful film that will make people want to cherish those around them and themselves even more.

"Because I'm such a huge Makoto Shinkai fan, the pressure is massive. Nonetheless, I can't wait to work with the director and the other cast and crew members to deliver Suzume Iwato's joy, anger, tears, and excitement while overcoming the challenges that lay before us and growing together."

Likewise, Makoto Shinkai stated, "The connection between her own emotions and voice was the strongest out of everyone's. I think that's what makes Nanoka Hara such an amazing talent. I am confident that Nanoka's performance will be a breath of fresh air that clears the skies to reveal the dazzling, radiant sun. I cannot wait to see her bring the character to life."

Nanoka plays the role of 17-year-old Suzume Iwato, who lives with her aunt, and has strange dreams, where she roams the grassy plains among vast ruins as far as the eye can see. Now, she must travel across the various disaster-stricken regions of Japan and close the "doors" causing the calamity.

"Suzume no Tojimari" is a modern adventure depicting Suzume's growth and liberation.

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