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Arashi no Yoru Ni

Stormy Night

Japan 2005
produced by
Toshiaki Nakazawa, Atsumi Tashiro, Yasushi Umemura, Kazuya Hamana (executive), Akiko Kimura (executive), Kunikatsu Kondo (executive) for TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System)
directed by Gisaburo Sugii
screenplay by Gisaburo Sugii, based on the book by Yuichi Kimura, characters designed by Marisuke Eguchi, animation director: Tsuneo Maeda, CGI effects by Toru Shinozaki


review by
Mike Haberfelner

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On a dark and stormy night, goat Mei and wolf Gav find shelter in an old shack where they can't see each other. And not knowing that they are each other's mortal enemy by nature, they start talking and quickly become good friends - and they set up a date for a picnic the next day, and since they don't know what the other looks like, they agree on a codeword, Stormy Night.

The next day, the two friends at first are shocked when they find out they are each others mortal enemy, but when Mei overcomes his fear and Gav his urge to eat this goat, they become close friends and meet more and more often - but always in secret, since neither Gav's wolfpack nor Mei's herd of goats are to ever find out.

Then though Gav learns that his wolfpack is to make an attack on exactly the spot where he is to meet Mei - and he only just manages to save his friend ... however, this action hasn't gone unseen by neither the wolves or the goats, and both Mei and Gav are threatened with expulsion - unless they spy each other out. Both Gav and Mei realize though they cannot betray their friendship, so they make an escape together via the river and over the mountains, where they are snowed in and find abode in a cave.

When they are both out of food, Mei suggests to his friend to eat him, so at least one of them survives - but Gav just can't and rather leaves the cave. Then he runs into his old pack, who are after him and his goat friend, and soon it's a fight of everyone against Gav that is only cut short by an avalanche that buries and kills them all - only Gav can somehow escape.

Eventually, Mei leaves his cave and finds the Promised Land right in the next valley. There he also meets Gav again, but thing is, Gav has lost his memory and now wants to follow his natural instincts and eat the goat - and nothing Mei tells him can make him decide otherwise ... until Mei mentions their codeword Stormy Night, which triggers his memory and supplies the film with a happy ending after all.


Sure the film is cheesy, after all it's the story about a goat and a wolf becoming friends, but actually the tearjerking level is kept as low as possible, and fun character designs - especially of the wolves, being reminiscent of both Road Runner's Wile E.Coyote and Tex Avery's various wolves - help to keep the story lively. That's not to say the film is perfect, its premise is of course pure kitsch, and some of the CGI-3D animation is so meaningless in the context of the story it's almost annoying, but in all the film is totally watchable.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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