Mamoru Hosoda was born in 1967 in Toyama. After graduating from Kanazawa College of Art, he joined Toei Doga studio (now Toei Animation Co, Ltd) and began his career as an animator. In 1999, he directed his first 20 min short film, Digimon Adventure, which was released in theaters. In 2000, he directed a forty-minute sequel, Digimon Adventure: Our War Game!!!, and attracted critical attention thanks to his novel, cutting-edge style. He also introduced what would become recurring themes in his filmography. He became independent shortly afterwards and directed The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), an adaptation of the well-known novella by Yasutaka Tsutsui. The film was met with great enthusiasm, and its success exceeded all expectations, remaining on Japanese screens for one year.

In 2009, he directed his first original work, Summer Wars. The aesthetics of the film are reminiscent of those found in Digimon. In 2011, with Yuichiro Saito (the producer who has accompanied him throughout his career), he created his own animation studio, Studio Chizu, and spearheaded a new movement in theatrical animations. The studio’s first production, Wolf Children (2012), followed by The Boy & The Beast (2015), cemented Hosoda’s popularity in Japan and abroad, particularly in France. Wolf Children was also an APSA nominee for Best Animated Feature Film.

Accolades

Mamoru Hosoda and Yuichiro Saito and Takuya Ito and Yuichi Adachi and Genki Kawamura
Best Animated Feature Film, 2018

Mirai (Mirai no Mirai)

Best Animated Feature Film, 2018

Mirai (Mirai no Mirai)

Kun enjoys a happy childhood until the arrival of his baby sister, Mirai. As the new baby becomes the centre of their parents’ attention, Kun…

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Nozomu Takahashi and Takuya Ito and Takashi Watanabe and Yuichiro Saito and Mamoru Hosoda
Best Animated Feature Film, 2009

Summer Wars (Sama Wozu)

Best Animated Feature Film, 2009

Summer Wars (Sama Wozu)

Due to the creation of the virtual city of Oz, anyone can access the Internet at any time, for information, to pay bills or play…

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Yuichiro Saito and Takuya Ito and Takashi Watanabe and Mamoru Hosoda
Best Animated Feature Film, 2012

Wolf Children (Ookamikodomo No Ame To Yuki)

Best Animated Feature Film, 2012

Wolf Children (Ookamikodomo No Ame To Yuki)

When Hana falls in love, it feels like a fairy tale. She starts a family and produces two beautiful children, a girl—Yuki (Snow), a boy—Ame…

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Films

Mirai
2018

Mirai (Mirai no Mirai)

Japan
2018

Mirai (Mirai no Mirai)

Kun enjoys a happy childhood until the arrival of his baby sister, Mirai. As the new baby becomes the centre of their parents’ attention, Kun…

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Summer Wars
2009

Summer Wars (Sama Wozu)

Japan
2009

Summer Wars (Sama Wozu)

Due to the creation of the virtual city of Oz, anyone can access the Internet at any time, for information, to pay bills or play…

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Wolf Children
2012

Wolf Children (Ookamikodomo No Ame To Yuki)

Japan
2012

Wolf Children (Ookamikodomo No Ame To Yuki)

When Hana falls in love, it feels like a fairy tale. She starts a family and produces two beautiful children, a girl—Yuki (Snow), a boy—Ame…

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