Helen the Baby Fox

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Helen the Baby Fox
Helen the Baby Fox poster.jpg
Promotional film poster for Helen the Baby Fox
Directed by Keita Kono
Produced by Takeo Hisamatsu
Screenplay by Masako Imai
Story by Minoru Taketazu (Memories of Helen the Fox)
Starring Takao Osawa, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Arashi Fukasawa, Ryoko Kobayashi
Music by Yukie Nishimura
Cinematography Takeshi Hamada
Edited by Takuya Taguchi
Distributed by Shochiku
Release date
  • 18 March 2006 (2006-03-18) (Japan)
Running time
109 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office US$1,455,806[1]

Helen the Baby Fox (子ぎつねヘレン?, Kogitsune Heren) is a 2006 Japanese film. It was directed by director Keita Kono,[2] and stars actors Takao Osawa, Yasuko Matsuyuki, Arashi Fukasawa and Ryoko Kobayashi in lead roles.[2] It was released in Japanese cinemas on 18 March 2006.[2]

Helen the Baby Fox tells the story of Taichi and a fox cub, whom Taichi found by the side of the road. The cub is blind, deaf and mute and Taichi names it Helen, after Helen Keller who suffers from similar disabilities. They faced much skepticism and criticism from the people around them, and difficulties stemming from Helen's physical disabilities.


Leaving school for the day, seven-year-old Taichi finds a baby fox, abandoned by its mother alongside a road in rural Hokkaido. The two bond and Taichi decides to leave the fox with the police as a lost item. The policeman on duty takes a reluctant Taichi and the fox to the local Yajima Veterinary Clinic. It turns out that Taichi has begun to live with Ko, the vet, and his teenage daughter Misuzu after his free-spirited mother Ritsuko has gone to Micronesia to work as a photographer. Many people have abandoned animals with Ko, and paying customers are few with most of his income coming from frequently boarding a friendly dog that is almost part of the family. Taichi feels abandoned as well, and clashes with Ko when the vet sees the new arrival as a burden, especially after discovering that the fox is deaf and blind. However, Taichi names it Helen after Helen Keller and attempts to bring her back to full health while teaching her about the world as sort of a young Annie Sullivan. Even though Taichi gets her to eat, Helen suffers increasing fits stemming from her brain, which is the result of a tumor.



It was first released in Japanese cinemas on 18 March 2006.[3] It was also released in Singapore cinemas on 27 July 2006 by local distributor Shaw Organization.[4]


  1. ^ "Box Office Mojo". IMDb, inc. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "子ぎつねヘレン on goo movies". goo movies (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  3. ^ "子ぎつねヘレン on allcinema". Stingray (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  4. ^ "Yahoo! Singapore movies". Yahoo! Southeast Asia Pte Ltd. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 

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