BELLE

竜とそばかすの姫

From celebrated Oscar®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creator of MIRAI, WOLF CHILDREN, SUMMER WARS, and more, comes a fantastical, yet beautiful and contemporary thematic story of one girl’s growth in the age of social media.

 

Suzu is 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 on the Internet. There, she is not Suzu anymore but Belle, a world-famous singer. She soon meets with a mysterious creature. Together, they embark on a journey of adventures, challenges and love, in their quest to become who they truly are.

 

The comparisons to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST are apparent, if not obvious, as Hosoda pays homage to the Disney classic. But the filmmaker adds his own wrinkles to the well-worn tale, transporting the fable into the modern age of alternate realities and the cyberpunk dreams of a Neo-Japan that we already inhabit and experience (TikTok, Pokemon Go, and MineCraft are just tips of the iceberg). Hosoda infuses this classic story with his own themes that were explored in previous films like SUMMER WARS, into a metaphor for family, identity and trauma. With eye-popping, masterful animation, BELLE is ideally meant to be experienced in a very old school way-on the big screen!

-Anderson Le

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In-Person

Showtime Dates: November 14, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Consolidated Theatres Ward
Passholder Access: All Access, Supporter
Showtime Dates: November 21, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Consolidated Theatres Ka‘ahumanu
Passholder Access: All Access, Supporter
Showtime Dates: November 20, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Palace Theater

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Film Details

DIRECTOR(S)Mamoru Hosoda
PRODUCER(S)Yûichirô Saitô
SCREENWRITER(S)Mamoru Hosoda
CASTLilas Ikuta, Kaho Nakamura, Ryō Narita, Shōta Sometani

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Film Details

PREMIERE STATUS: Hawai‘i Premiere
YEAR: 2021
RUN TIME: 122 Minutes
LANGUAGE: Japanese, with English subtitles

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