Wolf Children (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki)

Wolf Children (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki) 2012 Another blockbuster from Mamoru Hosoda, though it’s far deeper into tear-jerker territory than his previous film, Summer Wars. But soon after that movie’s success Hosoda left Madhouse to create Studio Chizu, and Wolf Children was the first feature made by his new studio. My anticipation wasContinue reading “Wolf Children (Ōkami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki)”

Summer Wars (Samā Wōzu)

Summer Wars (Samā Wōzu) 2009 One of my favourite things about this film (which is suddenly ten years old!) is that it manages to tell a really compelling family drama at the same time as its external ‘plot-based’ action storyline. Of course, the two do intersect but it’s always impressive to me that Hosoda foundContinue reading “Summer Wars (Samā Wōzu)”

Steamboy (Suchīmubōi)

Katsuhiro Otomo’s next film after the monster that was Akira took ten years to produce and the staggering care and attention to detail clear in the Victorian-era settings and its marvellous machines is clear (along with a lot of the action sequences) but the film is no-where near as beloved as Akira. Obviously, different genres,Continue reading “Steamboy (Suchīmubōi)”

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