BELLE by Mamoru Hosoda: the first three minutes of the film

BELLE by Mamoru Hosoda: the first three minutes of the film

BELLE by Mamoru Hosoda

The official site of the highly anticipated new anime feature film BELLE (Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime, literally: The Freckled Princess and the Dragon), ninth film directed by one of the greatest contemporary directors, Mamoru Hosoda, also credited for the masterpieces Mirai, 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, began streaming the first three minutes of the film on YouTube on Friday at 10:15 am.

BELLE: the first three minutes of the film and the video of the making-of of the anime

The video with the first three minutes of the film will only be available for 48 hours and shows the protagonist Belle performing in the online world of U:

Below you can watch the video of the making-of of BELLE. The video is the tenth released:

The film also aired an advertising spot in collaboration with Craft Boss Coffee and which you can see on YouTube.

BELLE: about the film

BELLE will soon arrive in Italian cinemas thanks to the collaboration between Koch Media and Wonder Pictures.

Here is the official synopsis:

Suzu, a 17-year-old high school student, lives in the countryside of Kochi Prefecture with his father, after losing his 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.

As for the staff members we have Takaaki Yamashita (Digimon Adventure: Bokura no War Game) as animation director for the segments of the film set in the virtual world "U", Hiroyuki Aoyama (Mirai) as director animation and character designer for real world segments, Nobutaka Ike (Satoshi Kon film) as background art director, Anri Jojo (Summer Wars "Oz" world art design) takes care of the art setting and Ryo Horibe and Yohei Shimozawa (Summer Wars) are the CGI directors.

We remind you that Hosoda is the director and screenwriter of the film BELLE, and is also credited for the original work. Taisei Iwasaki (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan, The Naked Director) is the film's musical director and composer.

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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Cannes Premiere: Hosoda Mamoru’s ‘Belle’ Joins Festival Lineup

Animation film “Belle” by the Japanese director Hosoda Mamoru will join the Cannes Film Festival lineup.

The festival said Sunday that “Belle” will have its world premiere in the Cannes Premiere section and play on Thursday July 15.

” ‘Belle’ is the film that I’ve always dreamt to create and that I can make today thanks to the culmination of my previous films,” said Hosoda. “In this one, I explore romance, action, and suspense as well as deeper themes such as life and death. I hope that it will be a big entertaining show.”

The story follows a 17-year-old high school student living in a rural village with her father. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. One day, she enters U, a virtual world of 5 billion members and where she has become Belle, a world-famous singer. She soon meets with a mysterious creature and they embark on a journey of adventures, challenges and love, in their quest to become who they truly are.

The film is Hosoda’s ninth feature after “Wolf Children,” “Summer Wars,” “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time” and follows the 2018 Oscar-nominated “Mirai,” which premiered in Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight and received the Annie Award for best animated feature.

Nippon Television handles rights sales for the film in Asia. Paris-based sales company Charades is representing the film in other international markets. Gkids recently acquired rights to the film for North America. It will be released in Japan later this month and in French cinemas on Dec. 29, 2021.

Hosoda and Studio Chizu co-founder Yuichiro Saito are producers on the title. The Japanese creative team worked in collaboration with a roster of international talents. Character designer Jin Kim, the artist (“Moana, Tangled,” “Frozen”) designed the titular Belle. Cartoon Saloon’s Oscar-nominated Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart (“Wolfwalkers,” “The Secret of Kells”) contributed artwork for the various virtual fantasy worlds within the film.

“Belle” is the third animation film presented this year at the Cannes festival after Ari Folman’s “Where is Anne Frank” and “The Summit of the Gods,” by Patrick Imbert.

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