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Mamoru Hosoda on the Real-life Crisis That Inspired 'Belle'
Jan 15, 2022 | Newsweek
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Mamoru Hosoda, one of Japan's most prolific animated film directors, has returned with his newest production Belle, which is out in theaters in the U.S. now and will be given a theatrical release in the U.K. on Friday, February 4.

The film follows young high school student Suzu, who is struggling with her grief following the loss of her mother at a young age and rediscovers her voice through the virtual world of "U," where she becomes a singing sensation under the pseudonym Belle.

But, while "U" helps her learn to sing again, it also brings her to the attention of a monstrous creature named Dragon who she realizes is a person only she can help, and she embarks on an emotional journey to unveil the real identity behind this "beast."

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