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Wolf Children (2012)

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda

Fantasy | Family | Animation

Most recently watched by sleestakk

Overview

After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father’s traits prove to be a challenge for her.

Rated PG | Length 117 minutes

Actors

Mitsuki Tanimura | Bunta Sugawara | Takashi Kobayashi | Kumiko Aso | Taichi Masu | Hajime Inoue | Shota Sometani | Tomie Kataoka | Tamio Ohki | Tadashi Nakamura | Megumi Hayashibara | Takuma Hiraoka | Amon Kabe | Momoka Ohno | Yukito Nishii | Haru Kuroki | Takao Osawa | Aoi Miyazaki

Viewing Notes

Not sure how I missed seeing this. That said, I’m glad I didn’t see this in theater because I would’ve been a mess during the entire runtime. Really wasn’t expecting the emotional gut punch this delivers. I don’t have my own kids and it still really got me. Can’t imagine viewing this as a parent. Incredibly effective take on parenting (esp. single parenting) and raising children. Possibly my favorite Mamoru Hosoda film to date. The whole “wolf” thing is really another way of defining and establishing personalities esp. in our children as they are raised. Not only is this a *great* film on raising children but also understanding them and how they are different (siblings) and eventually letting go (letting them go their own way).

Also viewed at least 30 minutes of the extras (all the premieres and stage introductions). Love that Aoi Miyazaki was crying during the stage performance of the main song.

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