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Directed by Mamoru Hosoda

Japan 2012 117 mins. In Japanese

In this new anime from former Studio Ghibli animator and acclaimed director (SUMMER WARS) Mamoru Hosoda, a university student named Hana falls in love with a mysterious drifter who turns out to be a wolf-spirit, shape-shifting between canine and human form. When he disappears, Hana must raise their two shape-shifting wolf children alone. But how do you keep wolf children from gnawing on table legs and howling all night? Do you take them to a pediatrician or veterinarian? Fearing discovery, Hana moves to an isolated home in the mountains where Japan’s ancient wolves once lived and where she hopes her children can grow up in peace. A stunning, poignant film that will charm audiences of all ages, WOLF CHILDREN was named Best Animated Film at the 2013 Japanese Academy Awards.

Genres: Animation, Drama



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