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Wolf Children (DVD) (Special Priced Edition) (Japan Version)
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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 (DVD) (Special Priced Edition) (Japan Version) 狼的孩子雨和雪 (DVD) (廉價版) (日本版) 狼的孩子雨和雪 (DVD) (廉价版) (日本版) おおかみこどもの雨と雪 期間限定スペシャルプライス版 Wolf Children (DVD) (Special Priced Edition) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Sadamoto Yoshiyuki | Osawa Takao | Sugawara Bunta 貞本義行 | 大澤隆夫 | 菅原文太 贞本义行 | 大泽隆夫 | 菅原文太 貞本義行 | 大沢たかお | 菅原文太 | 宮?アあおい Sadamoto Yoshiyuki | Osawa Takao | Sugawara Bunta
Director: Hosoda Mamoru 細田守 细田守 細田守 Hosoda Mamoru
Release Date: 2021-07-14
Publisher Product Code: VPBT-14773
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: No Subtitle
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1102349396

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
細田守 (原作、監督、脚本) / 宮?アあおい / 大沢たかお / 菅原文太 / 貞本義行 (キャラクターデザイン) / 高木正勝 (音楽)

製作国 : 日本 (Japan)



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

Kevin Kennedy
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December 21, 2014

This customer review refers to Wolf Children (2012) (DVD) (Single Disc Edition) (English Subtitled) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

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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