Belle (S) (2022)

Belle (S) (2022)

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Belle (S) (2022)

  • Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
  • Starring Kaho Nakamura, Ryô Narita, Shôta Sometani
  • JPN | 121mins | 2021 | (12A)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins

Film runtime: 2h 1m

(S) = Subtitled.

Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) conjures an incredible anime fairy-tale for the digital generation.

Bereft by the loss of her mother and adrift at home and school, Japanese teenager Suzu Naito has lost all passion for music and life -but this changes with U, an immersive social network which enhances her appearance and voice. Almost immediately, she is catapulted by her tech-savvy friend into world-wide fame and adoration as a pop star, which threaten to swallow her real self as she discovers another user, the fearsome Beast, who may need her help. Hosoda revitalises the familiar narrative of love transcending appearances by integrating it with a modern view of how social media influences them, making for a beautiful story of growth and connection enhanced by dazzling characters, animation, and music.