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Ponyo, Winter Sonata's Anime Voice Casts Announced

posted on 2008-05-28 13:03 EDT
2 children to star in Ponyo; Winter Sonata actress Choi to reprise role in anime

The main voice casts for Studio Ghibli's upcoming Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea film and the anime remake of the Korean live-action Winter Sonata drama have been announced. Child actors Yuria Nana and Hiroki Doi play the respective roles of the titular goldfish Ponyo and her new human friend Sōsuke. The rest of the cast includes veterans of stage, film, and television as well as musician Akiko Yano (My Neighbors the Yamadas). The movie opens in Japan on July 19.

Risa (Sōsuke's mother): Tomoko Yamaguchi (Coo: Tooi Umi Kara Kita Coo, cult seven)
Kōichi (Sōsuke's father): Kazushige Nagashima (You're Under Arrest: The Drama)
Guranmanmare (Ponyo's mother): Yūki Amami (Socrates in Love)
Fujimoto (Ponyo's father): George Tokoro (Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story's Japanese dub)
Ponyo: Yuria Nana
Sōsuke: Hiroki Doi
Toki: Kazuko Yoshiyuki (Maiko Haaaan!!!, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance)
Yoshie: Tomoko Naraoka (Shirahata no Shōjo Ryūko)

In a separate development, Choi Ji-Woo will reprise her starring role of Jung Yu-Jin in the anime adaptation of the worldwide hit Korean drama, Winter Sonata. The drama follows Jung and her male classmate Kang Joon-Sang as tragedy and angst befalls them and those around them in the years between high school and young adulthood. Kang's actor Bae Yong-Joon had already agreed to reprise his role as part of the deal that gave his Key East company's production credit for the anime.

Source: animeanime.jp, Saishin Anime Jōhō

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