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One of Vogue Japan’s Women of the Year in 2018, Honoka Matsumoto is a rising star who first made a name for herself in the popular NHK morning drama “Hiyokko” two years ago. Interest in the Osaka-native has continued to grow since and she’s now very much an actress in demand, particularly after playing the female lead in the 2018 live adaptation series of the popular wartime anime “In This Corner of the World” (“Kono Sekai no Katasumi Ni”).

The 22-year-old’s latest starring role is in Momoko Fukuda’s moving comedy feature “My Father, the Bride” (“Oishi Kazoku”), which started out as a 30-minute short titled “Dad’s Wedding” in 2016. Matsumoto’s character, Tohka, is a struggling cosmetics saleswoman whose marriage is going through a rough patch. She returns home to the volcanic island of Niijima for the anniversary of her late mother’s death and is shocked to see her father wearing women’s clothes. On top of that, he’s also planning to tie the knot again, this time to a man.

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