Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children Opens in L.A. on Friday
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Mamoru Hosoda's Wolf Children anime film will open at the Laemmle Town Center 5 theater in Los Angeles on Friday. Tickets are available for purchase on the theater's website. The film will run with an English dub from September 27 to October 3. People in other cities can organize with the Tugg website to bring the film to their local theaters also.
Wolf Children'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. Funimation plans to release the film this year in theaters and on home video.
The film won the Animation of the Year award at this year's Tokyo Anime Awards, won the animation category in the 26th Annual Japan Academy Prizes in March, and won the Animation Film Award at the 67th Annual Mainichi Film Awards in February. Additionally, the film won an Audience Award at this year's New York International Children's Film Festival.
The Tugg, Inc. platform allows users to create a Tugg event in their city of choice and share it via social media. The film only screens if enough tickets are reserved. Kinji Fukasaku's live-action Battle Royale film joined Tugg's lineup earlier this year and screened at the Alamo Drafthouse in Texas.