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Belle

Hoezo in KINO

A lush, exciting yet touching anime from Mamoru Hosoda, in which a shy Japanese teen finds love and recognition online by turning into the internet’s most popular starlet singer. But she’s not the only one that has a very different life online.. As in other recent Japanese anime mega hits like Mirai and Your Name, Belle uses beautiful images to show pressing issues that the current (Japanese) society is facing. The animation style of Belle jumps from hyper realistic to cartoonesk, brimming with characters that are eye-blindingly glittery or dark as hell – showing a colorful visualization of the digital world it sharply criticizes.

Credits

Regie
Mamoru Hosoda
Cast
Kaho Nakamura, Takeru Satoh, Kōji Yakusho, Lilas Ikuta, Ryō Narita
Genre
animatie
Speelduur
121 minuten
Land
Japan
Taal
Japans
Ondertiteling
English

Storyline

Belle is the visually stunning new film from Japanese animation director Mamoru Hosoda (Mirai, The Girl Who Leaps Through, Wolf Children). In real life, Suzu is an insecure teenager who lives in a small town with her father. But when she goes online in the virtual world of ‘U’, she becomes Belle, a successful singer with billions of followers. Because no one knows that the shy Suzu is the true face behind the pop idol, she becomes more and more entangled in this double life. Through her encounter with the Beast, a mysterious being within ‘U’, her online and offline lives increasingly converge. Suzu goes in search of the Beast and together they discover what it means to be yourself.

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