Director Mamoru Hosoda made waves in 2018 with his Oscar-nominated film “Mirai.” Three years later, he’s back with his follow-up “Belle.” The movie is poised to be just as enchanting and captivating as its predecessor.
“Belle,” tells a story that will speak to many people coming out the other side of the coronavirus pandemic. The animated film follows a young girl named Suzu who is sinking deep into depression. She finds solace in a virtual world called “U,” in which she is a famous singer and gains millions of followers. “Belle” follows her journey in accepting who she really is, inside the game and in real life.
Kaho Nakamura leads the voice cast of “Belle” in her first film credit. Kenjirô Tsuda (“Boruto: Naruto Next Generations“), Mamoru Miyano (“Death Note“), Kôji Yakusho (“13 Assassins“), Ryô Narita (“Taking the Pictures“) join her in the cast. Here’s a look at the official summary for “Belle:”
“Belle” follows Suzu, 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 of becoming who they truly are.
“Belle” will be released in Japan on July 16. Other release dates have yet to be announced, so keep an eye out. Take a look at the new trailer for “Belle” below.