It’s the last day Hawaii International Film Festival, and still theater room 12 was packed with many people, young and old. The screening of prominent Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda’s award winning film, “The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki” was a hit even before the film began.
But if you consider the popularity of Japanese animation, or anime, then you could understand why. Japanese anime has developed into an international phenomenon, drawing fans from the United States to Europe. To celebrate the amazing work of Japanese animators and directors, many Japanese anime films are featured throughout the span of HIFF. This film in particular has enchanted children and adults alike. Filled with laughs, tears, and applause, Hosoda’s work was well received by the public.
The film surrounded the life of a very odd and fantastical family: a single mother and her two half wolf, half human children, Ame and Yuki (meaning rain and snow respectively). Hana, the mother, was in love with a charming werewolf in college, and planned to spend the rest of her life with him. After the birth of the second child, Ame, the father is killed in a sudden accident beginning Hana’s struggles as a single mother. Taking care of and hiding two werewolf children is difficult and tiring for her. She ultimately chooses to move to country for more privacy and freedom for Ame and Yuki.
After the round of applause as the credits scrolled across the screen, one avid Japanese anime fan, and good friend, Sewlyn, was willing to take some time to answer a few questions regarding Hosoda’s film and Japanese anime.
Below is a video interview with Selwyn outside of the Dole Cannery Theaters. I reccomend watching it in High Definition (HD), for a clear picture and for better sound.