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Directed by Mamoru Hosoda

Masters / Japan / 2012 / animation, drama, family / 117 mins / Japanese with English subtitles / 35mm

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Animation of the Year, 2013 Japan Academy Prize
Best Animated Film, 2013 Mainichi Film Awards
Best Animated Film, 2012 Sitges Film Festival

From Ozu to Yamada, Japanese cinema has had no shortage of great films about mothers, and WOLF CHILDREN may just be one of the most extraordinary. In college, Hana meets the love of her life. Though it turns out he’s the rare descendant in a line of Japanese wolf-people, Hana stays with him, and they have a daughter and son. With great tenacity and creativity, Hana learns to care for kids who have the plucky charm of young humans, but the unpredictability and appetite of growing puppies.

What makes WOLF CHILDREN so moving, and such a ripe allegory for mixed-race families, is Hana’s relentless commitment to protecting her children despite social stigmatization. With equal commitment, director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) tells the tall tale straight, evoking nostalgia, lush romance, and the most tender of kinships to produce one of the most surprisingly human films of the year. –Brian Hu

Co-presented by Kiku Gardens, Kyocera

Director's Bio

Selected Filmography

2000: Digimon: The Movie
2006: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
2009: Summer Wars


Cast: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa, Haru Kuroki
Writer: Mamoru Hosoda, Satoko Okudera
Producer: Yuichiro Saito, Takuya Ito, Takashi Watanabe

Dates & Times


Digiplex Mission Valley
April 20, 2013 3:45 pm


Digiplex Mission Valley
April 21, 2013 1:00 pm