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World Cinema
Wolf Children
Japan, 2012, 117 min., Color, Japanese, with English subtitles

Japanese Animé is one of those art forms that is sometimes misunderstood as something only kids and lonely young adults would like. In reality, animé provides one of the most freeing filmscapes a filmmaker could want. Representing boundless imagination and heart, WOLF CHILDREN is an animated pleasure.

Hana, a student at Tokyo University, is intrigued by a mysterious man who sits in on lectures despite not being registered to attend. Before long, they fall in love and she discovers that he is a wolf-man. That is to say, he has the blood of both man and wolf and—as wolves have been extinct in Japan for many years—he is the last of his kind. Before long, they bring two children into the world, Ame and Yuki, who begin to display wolf characteristics and as such may need to be brought up away from the outside world. As they grow older, the children will have to deal with their differences and decide which path to take.

A slight departure from his previous films, Mamuro Hosoda, crafts a wonderful tale of love, loss, family and discovery. WOLF CHILDREN is a lyrical family drama that beautifully celebrates the seemingly limitless nature of the genre.

— James Faust
Executive Producer
Seiji Okuda
Mamoru Hosada
Satoko Okudera
Takuya Itô, Yuichiro Sato, Takafumi Watanabe
Shigeru Nishiyama
Masakatsu Takagi
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