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Belle Director Mamoru Hosoda Wants To Create A Kinder Digital World [Interview]

With "Belle," director Mamoru Hosoda dares to imagine a kinder internet. It seems like a fantasy, right? In this day and age, when people can be radicalized to believe all sorts of dangerous conspiracy theories or global pandemics are drawn out because of the proliferation of mistrust and paranoia, a kind internet seems like an impossible dream. But in Hosoda's digital-inspired reimagining of "Beauty of the Beast," it is possible. "I felt it was important to tell another story about this sort of...
Tags: Movies, News, Disney, Belle, Mirai, Tom Moore, Mamoru Hosoda, Cartoon Saloon, Exclusives, Digimon, Suzu, Eric Wong, Jin Kim, Hosoda, Michael Camacho


Belle Review: A Tale As Old As Time Is Given A Dazzling Digital Reskin

It's a tale, well, as old as time. Girl meets boy, girl and boy fall in love, girl and boy live happily ever after. But in "Belle," Mamoru Hosoda's digital reimagining of the classic French fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast," that's not quite the case.The words "digital reimagining of 'Beauty and the Beast'" might elicit an immediate gag reflex. Especially when that digital reimagining takes place in a virtual-reality world where our protagonist is a beloved musical diva who holds regular spectac...
Tags: Reviews, Japan, Hollywood, Movies, Time, Disney, Belle, Mirai, Satoshi Kon, Suzu, Jin Kim, Hosoda, Reskin, Belle Mamoru Hosoda, Belle Review, Suzu Naito


Pop Culture Imports: Your Streaming Guide To Belle Director Mamoru Hosoda

This Friday, Mamoru Hosoda's latest film "Belle" hits theaters. While the anime auteur may not be a household name in the way of Hayao Miyazaki or even Makoto Shinkai (the director of global anime hit "Your Name,") he should be. Hosoda, with his delicate animation style and intimate fantasy adventures, has a style unto himself, often injecting his own personal experiences into his fantastical stories. "The Boy and the Beast" might be a kickass action-fantasy movie about a boy who finds his way i...
Tags: Movies, Kun, Belle, Hayao Miyazaki, Shibuya, Totoro, Mirai, Hana, Mamoru Hosoda, Kyuta, Makoto Shinkai, Digimon, Kumatetsu, Hosoda, Wolf Children, Mamoru HosodaCast


Belle: Release Date, Cast, And More

(Welcome to ...And More, our no-frills, zero B.S. guide to when and where you can watch upcoming movies and shows, and everything else you could possibly stand to know.)I can hear the protestations now: "Yet another 'Beauty and the Beast' movie?" I know, I get it. This particular story has probably received enough cinematic retellings to last a lifetime, it's true. But if we have to get another one, it might as well come from a filmmaker like Mamoru Hosoda, for a change. Prepare yourselves now, ...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Disney, Belle, Hideo Kojima, Tomm Moore, Mamoru Hosoda, Jim Kim, Suzu, Eric Wong, Hosoda, Ross Stewart, Tina Tamashiro, Shota Sometani, Ludvig Forssell, Kaho Nakamura


Mamoru Hosoda's Festival Darling Belle Gets A January 2022 Release Date

After taking a peek at the lush and beautifully animated "Belle" trailer in June, we were more than ready to immerse ourselves in Mamoru Hosoda's reimagining of "Beauty and the Beast." The film debuted in Japan on July 16, 2021, and has been hitting the film festival circuit with screenings at the Cannes Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the London Film Festival, and Fantastic Fest. Despite it popping up on screens around the world, the distributor GKIDS has confirmed it won't be hittin...
Tags: Japan, Movies, News, Belle, Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda, Suzu, Hosoda


Belle US Release Date Set for 2022, Watch Two Teasers

Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle will be heading to American theaters next year, and in celebration of the news, two brand new teasers have been released for the film. RELATED: Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle Gets First International Trailer GKIDS announced on Tuesday that the official release date for the highly anticipated film will be on January 14, 2022. The film is already out in Japan, and has been making the rounds at various film festivals all year in the hopes of garnering multiple award nominations. Belle ...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Anime, Belle, Moana, Ryu, Tomm Moore, Mamoru Hosoda, Chizu, Movie News, GKids, Suzu, Eric Wong, Jin Kim, Hosoda, Ross Stewart


The Daily Stream: ‘Summer Wars’ Signaled the Arrival of a New Anime Auteur, But Mamoru Hosoda is More Than “The Next Miyazaki”

(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.) The Movie: Summer Wars Where You Can Stream It: Funimation The Pitch: Timid high school junior and math genius Kenji Koiso is strong-armed into posing as the boyfriend for fellow student Natsuki Shinohara, a spirited high school senior who drags Kenji to the rural town of Ueda for her great-grandmother’s 90th birthday. But after Ke...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Features, Belle, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Cannes, Alice, Kenji, Mamoru Hosoda, Makoto Shinkai, Digimon, Kéji, Ueda, Shinkai, Hosoda


‘Belle’ Trailer: Mamoru Hosoda Follows Up ‘Mirai’ With Another Anime Film About a Furry Husband

There are a few things that appear in almost every Mamoru Hosoda movie: a stirring examination of parenthood, a bittersweet romance, and a furry husband. Hosoda, the filmmaker behind 2018’s Oscar-nominated Mirai and anime masterpieces like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Wolf Children, is back to his old tricks with Belle, a digital spin on Beauty and the Beast that returns to Hosoda’s urban vision of the internet that he first explored in Digimon and Summer Wars — but with a new furry husb...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Drama, Sci-fi, Disney, Anime, Movie Trailers, Pixar, Belle, Hideo Kojima, Mirai, Tomm Moore, Mamoru Hosoda, Jim Kim, GKids, Suzu


Belle North American Theatrical Release Set For Winter 2021

The upcoming anime film Belle by director Mamoru Hosoda is getting a North American theatrical release set for Winter 2021. Today, producer and distributor GKids announced it has acquired all North American distribution rights for the Studio Chizu-produced Belle. It also confirms the Hosoda anime film will release theatrically in both its original Japanese language and English dubbed version this winter. As such, this will qualify the film for 2021 awards consideration. RELATED: Mamoru Hosoda’s...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Anime, Belle, Golden Globe, Tomm Moore, Mamoru Hosoda, Chizu, ComingSoon, Movie News, GKids, Suzu, Eric Wong, Eric Beckman, Hosoda, Ludvig Forssell


Studio Chizu Unveils International Trailer for Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Belle’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Studio Chizu has unveiled the full international trailer for “Belle,” Mamoru Hosoda’s highly anticipated animated feature. The anticipated movie will be released in Japan on July 16 by Toho. Paris-based sales company Charades is representing the film in international markets. Nippon Television handles sales for Asia. “Belle” marks Hosoda’s ninth project and follows the 2018 […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Paris, Toho, Belle, Mamoru Hosoda, Chizu, Charades, Nippon Television, Hosoda, Studio Chizu, Belle Mamoru Hosoda, Asia Belle


Mamoru Hosoda’s Belle Gets First International Trailer

A brand new international trailer for the upcoming Mamoru Hosoda film Belle has been released, giving fans a taste of what’s to come in the film.   RELATED: Belle Anime Adds Five New Cast Members to the Mamoru Hosoda Film The highly anticipated anime film will be released next month and is the ninth project for Hosoda following his 2018 Oscar-nominated film Mirai. Belle has been described as a touching, coming-of-age story that’s told in a fantasy-filled visual style. The film follows 17-year-...
Tags: Video, Japan, Movies, Netflix, Anime, Belle, Moana, Ryu, Tomm Moore, Mamoru Hosoda, Chizu, Movie News, Suzu, Eric Wong, Jin Kim, Hosoda


Belle Anime Adds Five New Cast Members to the Mamoru Hosoda Film

From the mind that brought you the award-winning films Mirai and Wolf Children, Mamoru Hosoda plans to bring another hit with his upcoming Belle anime movie. It was recently announced more actors have been added to the cast. As revealed on the official Belle website (via Funimation), five more actors will be providing their voices to the upcoming film. This includes Sachio Nakao as Hatanaka, Fuyumi Sakamoto as Okumoto, Yoshimi Iwasaki as Nakai, Ryoko Moriyama as Yoshitani, and Michiko Shimizu a...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Anime, Belle, Ryu, Tomm Moore, Mamoru Hosoda, Chizu, Movie News, Funimation, Suzu, Hosoda, Ross Stewart, Ryo Narita, Hime, Studio Chizu


Behold Mamoru Hosoda's New Anime Film Belle, Which Looks Both Bold and Beautiful (io9)

If you’ve seen The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, or Wolf Children, you know a Mamoru Hosoda film is something to get excited about. This gorgeous trailer for Hosoda’s upcoming movie Belle, a.k.a. Ryu to Sobakasu no Hime, will do absolutely nothing to dispel you of this notion.Read more... [Author: Rob Bricken]
Tags: News, Belle, Rob Bricken, Mamoru Hosoda, Hosoda, Hime, Sobakasu


Newsletter, Feb. 22, 2021 Update

Sign up for these as newsletters here. Omonomono Newsletter, 2021-02-22 The experiment continues. RIP Daft Punk? But the Clock of the Cinderella never stops ticking. The real joke is RIP Daft Punk vinyl prices. Ye gads. This Past Week I talked about D4DJ First Mix in general but finally, Waipa talks about his work in the anime! It’s in this week’s D4DJ presents Peaky P-key no SaichoutenMix. Miyu and DJ Wildparty have met from way back, and it’s rare that these DJ get...
Tags: Japan, Texas, US, Newsletter, Daft Punk, Anime, NPB, Angela, Famitsu, Atsuko, Spotify Amazon, Everquest, LOGH, Hanshin Tigers, ASAKA, Hosoda


Pop Culture Imports: ‘Synonyms,’ ‘I’m No Longer Here,’ ‘Police Story,’ and More

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.) In unprecedented times such as these, is there really only one kind of movie you can turn to? One that can offer you an escape, tap into your rage, or quench your thirst? Probably not, but you can achieve at least one of these with this week’s batch of foreign-language films in Pop Culture Imports. This week we have French-Israeli festival darling Synonyms, the Mexican coming-of age gem ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Hbo, Movies, France, China, New York City, Paris, I'm No Longer Here, Jackie Chan, Ang Lee, Kun, Lee, CHAN, Buster Keaton, Totoro


The 15 Best Animated Movies of the Decade

(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.) Animation is a thriving and endlessly creative industry that, more often gets dismissed as being CG-animated cash grabs catered only for children. But as the past decade has shown, animation is more than your talking angry bird or your sentient emojis. Animated films from the past 10 years have pushed the limits of the medium, delivering unto us some of the most visually dazzling, groundbreaking, emotionally stirring films in any form. Fr...
Tags: Coco, Movies, France, Disney, San Francisco, Animation, Dreamworks, Dean Deblois, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Pixar, Mitsubishi, Mandy Moore, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli


‘Mirai’ Review: An Intimate and Fantastical Trip Through Time

Mirai is a movie utterly without pretension. And believe me, it teeters on that precipice — Mamoru Hosoda’s latest film has got all the elements of “important art” meant to challenge and excite its audience: a slow-burning pace, a fantastical time travel plot, and sequences that experiment with animation and reality. But everything about Mirai is deeply sincere. That may be because Mirai is clearly Hosoda’s most personal film yet. The Japanese anime auteur has always injected a little of him...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Drama, Fantasy, Features, Movie Reviews, Anime, Kun, Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda, Don Hertzfeldt, Featured Stories Sidebar, Hertzfeldt, Hosoda, Kun Hosoda


‘Mirai’ Director Mamoru Hosoda on Bringing Fantasy into Fatherhood [Interview]

Mamoru Hosoda has laid his life out bare on the silver screen — though at first glance it doesn’t seem obvious. The 51-year-old Japanese filmmaker exclusively directs in anime films, garnering critical acclaim for his deeply affecting, achingly human fables such as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast. Through his films as well as the upcoming Mirai, Hosoda has managed to turn his life into sweeping, whimsical fantasies that both enchant and educate. “I ...
Tags: Japan, Comedy, Movies, Drama, Interviews, Fantasy, Anime, Kun, Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda, Featured Stories Sidebar, Boss Baby, Hosoda, Mirai Hosoda, Mirai Kun


‘Mirai’ Filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda on Family, Imagination and Academy Invite

Family is an important theme for Japanese animation director Mamoru Hosoda, and his new film, “Mirai,” is no exception. The film, one of his most intimate, is about a young boy who comes to terms with becoming a big brother when his parents bring home his new baby sister, something Hosoda’s family experienced not too […]
Tags: News, Festivals, Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda, Animation Is Film Festival, Hosoda


The Top 5 Anime Film Directors Working Today Who Aren’t Hayao Miyazaki

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best modern anime film directors to keep an eye on.) Ask any animation buff and they can list off a handful of great Western animation directors, and one Japanese one. Despite anime’s place on the global stage — dominating the pop culture stratosphere since the ‘90s and going on to win prestige thanks to the efforts of Studio Ghibli — most people still think of Hayao Miyazaki as the lone r...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Features, Netflix, Animation, Tokyo, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, Shell, Isao Takahata, Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Liz, Nishi, Yamada, Yuasa


Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’ Will Get a U.S. Release This November

While the world has been scrambling to name any promising anime director as the next Hayao Miyazaki (while the man himself diligently ignores all the hoopla with another un-retirement), Mamoru Hosoda has quietly proved to be a visionary filmmaker in his own right. With a career spanning wildly inventive films like The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars, Hosoda has not delivered a bad film yet. And now U.S. audiences can soon experience his latest film, Mirai, in theaters this fall. A...
Tags: Japan, Movies, Animation, Anime, Cannes film festival, Kun, Hayao Miyazaki, Mirai, Kells, Mamoru Hosoda, Chizu, GKids, Hosoda, GKIDS Mirai, Together Kun


10 Gateway Anime Movies For Studio Ghibli Fans

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best anime movies to watch if you’re a fan of Studio Ghibli movies.) It felt like a big, gaping hole was left in the animation industry when Studio Ghibli temporarily shuttered its doors in 2014. The game-changing studio’s co-founder and the greatest animation director of this generation, Hayao Miyazaki, had just retired (again). And with that, Disney was back to dominating the animation m...
Tags: Japan, Christopher Nolan, Hollywood, Movies, Disney, Features, Animation, Tokyo, Anime, Darren Aronofsky, Miyazaki, Hayao-Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, Frank Capra, Shibuya, Hana


Anime, Wild Bunch Take French Rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’ From Charades

Paris-based companies Anime and Wild Bunch Distribution have partnered to acquire French distribution rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s animated feature “Mirai” which will world premiere at Cannes’s Directors Fortnight. Represented in international markets by Charades and produced by Hosoda’s own animation banner Studio Chizu, “Mirai” will be the first Japanese animated feature to world premiere at […]
Tags: News, Global, Paris, Cannes, Directors Fortnight, Mamoru Hosoda, Wild Bunch distribution, Hosoda, Chizu Mirai


Anime, Wild Bunch Take French Rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s ‘Mirai’

Paris-based companies Anime and Wild Bunch Distribution have partnered to acquire French distribution rights to Mamoru Hosoda’s animated feature “Mirai,” which will world premiere at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. Represented in international markets by Charades and produced by Hosoda’s own animation banner Studio Chizu, “Mirai” will be the first Japanese animated feature to world-premiere at Cannes. Toho […]
Tags: News, Global, Paris, Cannes, Directors Fortnight, Mamoru Hosoda, Wild Bunch distribution, Hosoda, Chizu Mirai, Cannes Toho


Jan 26: Animezing!: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Join us for a FREE anime film at the JICC! In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Japanese animation, the JICC is presenting a retrospective of landmark animated films! ...
Tags: Comics, Japan, Washington, US, Washington Dc, Tokyo, Mamoru Hosoda, Mike Rhode, Makoto, JICC, Japan Information Culture Center Embassy of Japan, EST Japan Information Culture Center Embassy, Mainichi Film Concurs, Makoto Konno, SATOKO OKUDERA Satoko Okudera, Gakko