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Junichi Okada voices male lead in upcoming Studio Ghibli movie

"Kokuriko-saka kara" poster (c) 2011 Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama GNDHDDT

V6’s Junichi Okada and actress Masami Nagasawa will voice the lead characters in Studio Ghibli’s upcoming movie, it was revealed on May 12, reports Sankei Sports and Sports Hochi.

Set in Yokohama 18 years after World War II, “コクリコ坂から (Kokuriko-saka kara)” follows a teenager girl Umi Komatsuzaki (Nagasawa) whose father is missing and mother has gone off to America for work.  Okada will play Umi’s love interest, Shun Kazama.

This will be Okada’s second Studio Ghibli film following, “Tales from Earthsea”.

“I feel amazingly honoured to have been offered another role.  With the support of the director, cast and staff, I hope to do everything I can to help make this a Ghibli movie that’ll be watched by people for years to come,” Okada said.

It has been reported his co-star Nagasawa said she was equally motivated to make sure she worked hard and carefully to bring out the best of her character.

Film director Goro Miyazaki has said he chose Okada because he trusted the Johnny’s talent after having worked with him before.

“コクリコ坂から (Kokuriko-saka kara)” will open in cinemas in Japan on July 16.

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EXTRA

Hey, I just saw Shunsuke Kazama name in the “Kokuriko-saka kara” cast as well!!  He’s voicing Mizunuma, Kazama’s (Okada) best friend and their high school’s top scholar.

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