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Wolf Children (2012)

Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki (original title)
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After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.

Director:

Mamoru Hosoda

Writers:

Mamoru Hosoda (story), Mamoru Hosoda (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aoi Miyazaki ... Hana (voice)
Takao Ohsawa ... Wolf Man (voice) (as Takao Osawa in English language version)
Haru Kuroki ... Yuki (voice)
Yukito Nishii ... Ame (voice)
Momoka Ôno Momoka Ôno ... Young Yuki (voice) (as Momoka Ohno)
Amon Kabe Amon Kabe ... Young Ame (voice)
Takuma Hiraoka Takuma Hiraoka ... Sohei (voice)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Sohei's Mother (voice)
Tadashi Nakamura Tadashi Nakamura ... Hosokawa (voice)
Tamio Ohki Tamio Ohki ... Yamaoka (voice) (as Tamio Ohki in English language version)
Tomie Kataoka Tomie Kataoka ... Mrs. Nirasaki (voice)
Hajime Inoue Hajime Inoue ... Tendo (voice)
Shôta Sometani ... Mr. Tanabe (voice)
Taichi Masu Taichi Masu ... Radio Announcer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melinda Wood Allen Melinda Wood Allen ... Auntie Hotta (voice)
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Storyline

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Love wildly


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, some violence, brief sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

21 July 2012 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Wolf Children See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last film of Bunta Sugawara. See more »

Quotes

[to The Wolf Man]
Hana: I'll welcome you back home.
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Soundtracks

Okaa-san no Uta
Music and Arrangement by Masakatsu Takagi
Lyrics by Mamoru Hosoda
Performed by Ann Sally
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Incredibly cute and touching drama of everyday life
16 August 2012 | by dokokitaSee all my reviews

In the vein of films like Totoro, and in contrast to Mamoru Hosoda's previous Summer Wars, this film glides along without an epic struggle driving the story. Rather, the greatest moments are the depictions of family life and the picturesque sketches of Tokyo and the Japanese countryside.

The story begins with the start of the eponymous wolf children's parents' love, and progresses through births, deaths, moves, the first day of school, and their growth into adults. The story is almost too ordinary, but in its normality, its moments are universal. One can't help but stare in awe at the beauty of life as it happens, and be reminded of the beauty of one's own mundane yet special lives.

The art is also quite something. Tokyo's bustling life is reduced to warm glows of winter, and the Japanese farms and countryside is rendered beautifully whether it be in rain, sun, or snow.

Watch it. It's not of the same scale as Hosoda's previous Summer Wars or The Girl Who Leapt through Time, but it packs an emotional punch that surpasses either of them. You'll shed a few tears, and marvel at the beauty of the world and our lives.


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