Interest Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa Cast in Hosoda's Ame & Yuki
posted on 2012-04-04 20:29 EDT by Ko Ransom
Actors Aoi Miyazaki (Colorful, Someday's Dreamers) and Takao Osawa (Jin, Tsukiji Uogashi Sandaime) were announced on Thursday as members of the voice cast for Mamoru Hosoda's upcoming Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki (The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki). Miyazaki will voice the protagonist Hana, a student who gives birth to the two wolf-children Ame and Yuki, and Osawa will play the "wolf man" that she falls in love with.
The film will mark the first time the two have appeared together in the same production, and will be the 44-year-old Osawa's first voice acting performance in a feature-length film. When asked about the two, Hosoda commented that after three years of working on the film, he had not felt as though he had truly heard the voices of Hana and the wolf man until he heard Miyazaki and Osawa's performances.
The story covers 13 years and begins with a 19-year-old college student named Hana who encounters and falls in "fairy tale-like" love with a "wolf man." After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two Wolf Children — an older sister named Yuki ("snow") who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame ("rain") who was born on a rainy day. When the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city.
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