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Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki (2012)

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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.

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Mamoru Hosoda

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

Credited cast:
Aoi Miyazaki ... Hana (voice)
Takao Ohsawa 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.

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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

Mamoru Hosoda established Studio Chizu for the production of this film. See more »

Quotes

Hana: Live your life!
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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Okaa-san no Uta
Music and Arrangement by Masakatsu Takagi
Lyrics by Mamoru Hosoda
Performed by Ann Sally
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Wonderfully affecting
6 September 2013 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Even though this is a fantasy movie, it is notable for how real it feels. The fantasy elements inform the plot, but it is the very real human emotions and connections that fuel the movie. This feels more like a thinly veiled version of real life than something fanciful.

The movie is constantly moving, but in a quiet way. It touches your heart, not with big moments, but with small ones. It is a movie about love of all kinds, and while it is admittedly an idealized version of love, a story of the sort of unselfish, uncomplicated love that only exists consistently in movies, it is truly lovely.

It is also often quite funny, well paced, and thoroughly entertaining.

Having seen Mamoru Hosada's previous films Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, I see him as the successor to Hadeo Miyazaki, who (alas) cannot live forever. Hosada is a very different filmmaker, but he has the same ability to make fantasy real and human, and to make me happy.

Watch this movie.


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