films seen
5
average score
3.90*
nationality
Japan - 54 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Rare treats

The Girl Who Leapt through Time

by Mamoru Hosoda
Also known as
Toki o Kakeru Shojo
Specifics
2006 / 98m - Japan
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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The Girl Who Leapt through Time poster

If you're in the mood for action or lots of plot twists, there's little here for you. But if you're up for a little variation on the Ghibli magic, this film might be a pretty good bet to make.

The good stuff

Mirai

by Mamoru Hosoda
Also known as
Mirai no Mirai
Specifics
2018 / 100m - Japan
Genre
Animation, Drama, Fantasy
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Mirai poster

Mamoru Hosoda is back on track. His previous film didn't really do it for me, luckily Mirai is a big step up again. A fine balance between drama and fantasy, subtle when it needs to be, completely magical just a few moments later. Lovely animated, well-paced and very touching, this is the Hosoda I love to see.

Summer Wars

by Mamoru Hosoda
Also known as
Sama Uozu
Specifics
2009 / 114m - Japan
Genre
Sci-fi, Drama
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Summer Wars poster

From the actual animation to the behavior of the little kids, running around with their DSes, Summer Wars will come off as surprisingly recognizable

Wolf Children

by Mamoru Hosoda
Also known as
Okami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
Specifics
2012 / 117m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Wolf Children poster

When Hosoda keeps it small and strays away from dramatic arcs the film is at its best, but Hosoda often overplays the drama and ends up with scenes that are far too mushy and melodramatic.

The inoffensive

The Boy and the Beast

by Mamoru Hosoda
Also known as
Bakemono no Ko
Specifics
2015 / 119m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Boy and the Beast poster