Ryû to Sobakasu no Hime
2021 / 121m - Japan
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Belle poster


February 18, 2022


Hosoda revisits Summer Wars and mixes in a royal dash of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Belle is no doubt one of his most ambitious films to date, blending different universes and loaded themes to create an epic fantasy adventure with a strong dramatic backbone. The visuals and soundtrack are absolutely grand, the voice actors do a terrific job and Hosoda finds a nice balance between fantastical grandeur and personal drama. It's a rather risky film and may divide audiences, but I feel Hosoda's bet paid off. His best film to date.