BELLE by Mamoru Hosoda at the cinema with Anime Factory and Wonder Pictures

BELLE by Mamoru Hosoda at the cinema with Anime Factory and Wonder Pictures

Anime Factory, a label owned by Koch Media, in collaboration with Wonder Pictures, has announced the acquisition of the highly anticipated anime feature film BELLE (Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime, literally: The Freckled Princess and the Dragon), the ninth film directed by one of the contemporary greatest directors, Mamoru Hosoda, also credited for Mirai masterpieces, winner of the Annie Awards for Best Independent Animated Film and an Oscar and Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Film, The Boy and the Beast, Wolf Children, Summer War and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

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BELLE: soon in Italian cinemas

BELLE, created by Studio Chizu under the direction of Mamoru Hosoda is a touching coming-of-age story that talks about family ties, love between parents and children and a friendship that transcends species and the ties between our lives. The film will soon arrive in Italian cinemas thanks to the collaboration between Koch Media and Wonder Pictures. To this our article the trailer!

Mamoru Hosoda declared:

“BELLE is the film that I have always wanted to make and I was able to create this film only thanks to my past works. I explore romance, action and suspense on the one hand and deeper themes such as life and death on the other. I hope you can enjoy our world which is now evolving at the speed of light as you savor those things that really matter to us in this film ”.

BELLE has all the credentials to become Hosoda's next masterpiece. Indeed, in creating the film, the director took up the challenge of representing the ever-changing online world by placing the story in the world of [U], a huge online network with over 5 billion registered users. So, as he did in his previous works Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! (2000) and Summer Wars (2009), Mamoru Hosoda used the digital world as a basis to explore some themes of today's society, basing the story on his most recent insights.

Here is the official synopsis:

Suzu, a 17-year-old high school student, lives in the countryside of Kochi Prefecture with her father, after losing her mother at a young age. Her premature loss made Suzu close in on herself and she distanced her from her father and from the thing she most loved to do: singing. After realizing that writing music is her only purpose in her life, Suzu discovers a virtual world known as [U], where she takes on the role of Belle, an avatar that quickly allows her to become a singer of. world famous. Suddenly a mysterious creature, a dragon, appears in front of her and together, they embark on a journey full of adventures, challenges and love, in search of their true nature.

In addition to Mamoru Hosoda, the staff includes Taisei Iwasaki (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan, The Naked Director) in the role of musical director and composer of the film. The character designer is Jin Kim, who previously worked on several iconic Disney films such as Frozen II, Rapunzel, Big Hero 6, Zootropolis and Oceania, and it is he who created the character of Belle.

Eric Wong, a London-based architect and designer, created the concept artwork for the online world of the "U" movie. In addition, directors Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart of Cartoon Saloon, the Irish animation studio that gave birth to the Oscar-nominated films Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells and Wolfwalkers, have contributed to some scenes set around the world. virtual.

As for the cast members Ryō Narita plays Shinobu Hisatake, Shōta Sometani is Shinjirō Chikami, Tina Tamashiro plays Ruka Watanabe and Rira Ikuta (vocalist of the duo YOASOBI in her debut as a voice actress) is Hiroka Betsuyaku.

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