The American medium Variety shared exclusively for the West the first teaser trailer and promotional poster of Belle (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime), the most recent feature film from the acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda. The production is scheduled to premiere this summer in Japan.
According to Variety, the film will follow Suzu, a 17-year-old high school student who lives in a rural town with her father. For years, she had only been a shadow of herself, until she entered ‘U’, a virtual world with five billion members. There she becomes Belle, a world famous singer. Belle soon meets a mysterious creature with whom she embarks on a journey of adventure and love in her quest to become who they really are.
Mamoru Hosoda is credited as director, screenwriter and creator of the original concept for this film, which will serve to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Studio Chizu, a company co-founded by himself and producer Yūichirō Saitō in 2011.
“Belle is the film that I have always wanted to create and I can only make it a reality thanks to the culmination of my previous works. I explore romance, action, and suspense on the one hand, and deeper themes like life and death on the other. I hope this is a great entertainment show. “
Belle promotional poster
Hosoda began his career as a director in series and films of great franchises such as Digimon or One Piece in Toei Animation, but his career would really take off after the critical and commercial success of endearing works such as The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006) and Summer Wars (2009).
With his productions at Studio Chizu, the Japanese director has only increased his fame internationally, thanks to films such as The Wolf Children (2012), The Boy and the Beast (2015) or Mirai, my little sister (2018), a production that was nominated for Best Animated Film at the 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood.
TOHO will handle the distribution of Belle in Japan, while Studio Chizu and Charades will handle sales of the film outside the Asian market; both companies had previously collaborated with Mirai: My Little Sister. This film was distributed in Mexico and the rest of Latin America by Kem Media and Konnichiwa Festival.
Belle will be released this summer in theaters in Japan.
Belle Mamoru Hosoda