Hawaii Int'l Film Fest to Screen Wolf Children, Thermae Romae (Updated)

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Festival to also screen 6 Studio Ghibli films, Ultraman Saga

The Hawaii International Film Festival has announced that it will screen Mamoru Hosoda's The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki anime film and the live-action film adaptation of Mari Yamazaki's Thermae Romae manga.

The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki is the latest film by the director of Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The film's story covers 13 years and begins with a 19-year-old college student named Hana who encounters and falls in "fairy tale-like" love with a "wolf man." After marrying the wolf man, Hana gives birth and raises two Wolf Children — an older sister named Yuki ("snow") who was born on a snowy day, and a younger brother named Ame ("rain") who was born on a rainy day. When the wolf man suddenly dies, Hana decides to move to a rural town far removed from the city. The film opened in Japan on July 21 and held its world premiere in Paris in June.

The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki will screen on October 17 at 9:00 p.m. and October 21 at 12:30p.m.

Starring Hiroshi Abe and Aya Ueto, Thermae Romae opened in Japan on April 28. The adaptation won the My Movies Audience Award at Italy's Far East Film Festival in April.

The story follows Roman architect Lucius Modestus (Abe), who designs bath-houses in ancient Rome. One day he's sucked into modern-day Japan. Able to travel back and forth in between worlds, Lucius uses Japanese ideas to improve the Roman baths he builds in the past. Yen Press revealed in April that it will publish the Thermae Romae manga in North America. Toronto hosted the North American premiere of the film earlier this month.

Thermae Romae will screen on October 13 at 9:00 p.m. and on October 15 at 9:15 p.m.

The festival will also screen the following Studio Ghibli films: Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Ocean Waves, Pom Poko, and Porco Rosso. Additionally, the festival will also screen the Ultraman Saga film.

The festival runs from October 11-21.

Update: The festival will also screen Sang-ho Yeun's The King of Pigs animated film on October 15-16.

Thanks to Geoffrey Tashiro for the news tip.

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