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Sazae-san Manga Gets 2nd New Live-Action TV Special

posted on 2010-04-19 00:34 EDT
Alisa Mizuki to reprise housewife role from Machiko Hasegawa's manga

33-year-old actress Alisa Mizuki is reprising the title housewife role in a second live-action television special based on Machiko Hasegawa's Sazae-san manga this summer. Mizuki's first Sazae-san television special aired last November. Michitaka Tsutsui (Sazae-san's husband Masuo), Tsurutarō Kataoka (Sazae-san's father Namihei), and Keiko Takeshita (Sazae-san's mother Fune) are also reprising their respective roles in the new special.

In the second special, the Isasaka family from the original manga moves next door. Kōki Mitani, Keiko Toda, and Kana Kurashina will play the Isasaka family's novelist husband Nanbutsu, wife Karu, and daughter Ukie, respectively.

Mizuki is actually the fifth actress to portray Sazae-san in live-action, and the fourth to do so on television. Tonko Azumaya starred in a 1948-1950 series of live-action movies which predated the the more well-known anime by two decades. Chiemi Eri starred in a 1956 live-action film adaptation, as well as in a live-action television version that ran from 1965 to 1967 on TBS. Tomoko Hoshino played Sazae-san in yet another live-action television version on Fuji TV from 1981 to 1985. The last live-action version was Atsuko Asano's 1992-1996 incarnation on Fuji TV.

Source: Sankei Sports


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