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Following the critical and commercial success of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, Hosoda Mamoru has been named one of the brightest hopes for the future of Japanese animation. Three years after Summer Wars, Hosoda raises the bar again with Wolf Children. An original story co-created by Hosoda and frequent screenwriter Okudera Satoko, Wolf Children is a unique blend of fantasy romance and domestic drama, following the journey of a woman who falls in love with a wolfman and ends up raising two human-wolf hybrid children on her own. In a risky move, Hosoda eschews the adventure element of his two previous films, telling a gentle story about learning to let go and the sacrifices of parenthood. However, Hosoda's risk paid off, and Wolf Children became the highest-grossing film of Hosoda's career and one of the highest-grossing domestic films of 2012.

Hana (voiced by Miyazaki Aoi) is an ordinary university student. One day, she experiences love at first sight with a young man (voiced by Osawa Takao) who periodically sneaks into her class. The two soon fall in love, and Hana discovers that he is actually a wolfman. However, Hana accepts the wolfman for who he is, and the two eventually have two children: Yuki and Ame. Due to their wolf-like qualities, Hana decides to keep her children at home to avoid attention from others. When the wolfman suddenly passes away, Hana is forced to care for the children on her own. Realizing the difficulties of raising two half-wolf children in the city, Hana moves to the countryside and discovers the peaceful haven her family desperately needs.

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Product Title: Wolf Children (2012) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) 狼的孩子雨和雪 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 狼的孩子雨和雪 (2012) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Wolf Children (2012) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version) Wolf Children (2012) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki / The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki / The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki / The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki / The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki / The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
Artist Name(s): Miyazaki Aoi | Osawa Takao | Nishi Yukito | Kuroki Haru 宮崎葵 | 大澤隆夫 | 西井幸人 | 黑木華 宫崎葵 | 大泽隆夫 | 西井幸人 | 黑木华 宮崎あおい | 大沢たかお | 西井幸人 | 黒木華 Miyazaki Aoi | Osawa Takao | Nishi Yukito | Kuroki Haru
Director: Hosoda Mamoru 細田守 细田守 細田守 Hosoda Mamoru
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2013-04-17
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0, DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 117 (mins)
Publisher: Asia Video (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032608312

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導演:細田守

述19歲的女主角「花」,如同童話故事般遇上了一位狼男。然而,當時還是個大學生的「花」,不顧一切的與狼男墜入愛河,甚至結婚、產子、養育孩子。「花」生下了一對可愛的姊弟,「雪」和「雨」。他們一家四口就在城市的角落過著平靜溫馨的生活,狼男不幸忽然死亡;為了表達對狼男至死不逾的愛情與親情,花便以此為契機,帶著兩個孩子遠離都市,共同到名為田舍町的鄉下生活……
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Professional Review of "Wolf Children (2012) (Blu-ray) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)"

April 29, 2013

This professional review refers to Wolf Children (2012) (DVD) (2-Disc Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
Although Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli colleagues are still the most famous purveyors of Japanese animation, a number of other directors have also been winning fans and acclaim of late. Hosoda Mamoru is chief amongst these, whose The Girl Who Leapt through Time and Summer Wars have been two of the country's very best anime for some time, proving extremely popular at home and abroad. Wolf Children is Hosoda's latest offering, based on an original story which he co-wrote with regular scripter Okudera Satoko, a romantic fantasy with themes of love, parenting and sacrifice. Having emerged as one of the biggest earners in Japan of 2012, the film also played to success at a variety of prestigious international festivals.

The film tells the story of Hana (Miyazaki Aoi, Nana), a college student who falls deeply in love with a polite young man (Osawa Takao, Goemon) who turns out to be a werewolf of sorts. Despite his condition, they fall immediately in love and are soon living together, Hana giving birth to two children, Yuki and Ame, both of whom have inherited their father's tendency to turn into a wolf. After he sadly dies, Hana decides to take the youngsters away from prying eyes, moving to a rundown home in a remote country village near to the mountains. Here, she tries to bring them up as normal human children, while coming to terms with the nature of their animal side.

Wolf Children is a little different to Hosoda Mamoru's previous films, as despite its werewolf romance premise, it shies away from adventure and fantasy in favour of peaceful contemplation that recalls earlier Ghibli classics. Certainly, the film does bring back memories of Totoro with its rural setting and depictions of nature and the countryside, with its young characters exploring the wilderness and learning about their own paths in life. Though the story is essentially pretty predictable, it plays out well and is pleasingly free from too much artificial drama, even if as a result there are stretches when very little actually happens. Instead, film mainly focuses on the theme being different, whether this be Yuki and Ame in their struggle to fit in with normal society, or Hana herself, who as a single mother faces up to stigmas and difficulties. Though the film is thoughtful and relatively slow moving, Hosoda's approach is measured and mature, enough so to keep things surprisingly grounded, and it's engaging and quietly emotional throughout.

Probably the film's main draw is its gorgeous animation, and on that score Hosoda certainly doesn't disappoint, with some amazing and beautifully done visuals. Again, the film here may remind some of Totoro with the same kind of harmonious and tranquil beauty, the fields, forests, mountains and animal denizens of its setting being brought to delightful and colourful life through what was clearly loving craftsmanship. The character work is similarly impressive, with Hana, Yuki and Ame all appealing and distinctive, even if the two kids are unsurprisingly at times made a little too much on the cutesy side with their puppy dog style antics. This, coupled with the solid script adds depth to the film's themes, and though there's nothing terribly new to its plot or themes, it comes across as earnest and well-meaning in a manner which is both upbeat and bittersweet.

There's really a great deal to like and enjoy here, and Wolf Children has enough heart to ensure that it should go down with anime fans and doubters alike. Exquisitely made and capturing that all important sense of wonder, it's easy to see why it proved such a massive hit in Japan, and confirms again that Hosoda Mamoru is indeed one the most talented names working in animation today.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (1)

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December 21, 2014

This customer review refers to Wolf Children (2012) (DVD) (Single Disc Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
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Memorable tale of a mother's love Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
Director Hosoda Mamoru chose to go in an entirely different direction after the smashing success of his film "Summer Wars". Anyone hoping to find another techno-fantasy in "Wolf Children" will be sorely disappointed. This is a naturalistic tale about a very unnatural subject -- children who have both a human nature and a wolf nature and the patient, kind mother who tries to protect them and provide them a normal life.

University student Hana meets and falls in love with a handsome young man who audits one of her classes. As their attraction grows, the young man withdraws, but Hana pursues him, only to learn that he has a deep secret -- he is a wolfman. This shocking news fails to discourage Hana. If anything, it draws her closer. Soon the pair are living together and sharing a bed for (gulp) bestial acts. Hana becomes pregnant and gives birth to daughter Yuki and, not long thereafter, son Ame. Both children can morph between being humans and wolves.

After Hana's relationship with the wolfman comes to a tragic end, she moves with her children to an abandoned home in the country. She hopes that here her unusual children can roam free and she can raise them apart from prying eyes. The film's long mid-section in which we see the family adapt to their new surroundings yields gorgeous animation and a touching look at a mother's sacrificial love. Things begin to change for the family when the kids attend school. Now young Yuki and Ame must choose their path in life: Will they live as humans or as wolves? This might sound like a uniquely bizarre situation, but Hosoda brilliantly reveals it to be akin to the important decisions that all children must make about what kind of lives they will lead.

"Wolf Children" is visually beautiful and provides a mature emotional depth unusual in the world of anime. Children likely will find the film to be heavy-going and slow, but an adult audience should embrace its profundity. Miyazaki Aoi's voice performance of Hana movingly delivers the full gamut of emotions. I wish, however, that the early scenes had been handled differently. The brief but inescapable suggestion of perverse, out-of-wedlock sex was unnecessary and limits the audience for which the film would be appropriate.
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