Belle12A

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda | Japan | 2021 | 2h 1m | Japanese w/ English subtitles or English dubbed | Starring Kaho Nakamura (subtitles), Takeru Satoh (subtitles), Kylie McNeill (dubbed), Paul Castro Jr. (dubbed)

Suzu, a shy student, becomes a global celebrity when her singing alter-ego – Belle – attains superstar status on a huge virtual platform called “U”. One day, one of Belle’s online concerts is interrupted by a mysterious monster. As the hunt for the beast escalates, Suzu embarks on a journey of self-discovery. Oscar-nominated anime director Mamoru Hosoda returns with this magical adventure that looks at how technology has transformed our lives.

Japanese w/ English subtitles: Fri 18 Feb 18:15, Sun 20 Feb 20:30 & Thu 24 Feb 20:45
English dubbed version: Wed 23 Feb 15:30 & Thu 24 Feb 15:15

Reviews

‘Belle is a beautifully observed, dazzlingly animated sci-fi fairy tale about our online-offline double lives – it’s Hosoda’s finest film since 2012’s Wolf Children, and perhaps his best to date.’
★★★★★
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph

‘Mamoru Hosoda’s cyber fairy-tale is basically wall-to-wall bangers, all backdropped by virtual worlds that wash over you in waves of world-building so detailed and epic, they’d make William Gibson’s eyes pop.’
★★★★★
Philip De Semlyen, Time Out

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