Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast Film's 1st Teaser Unveiled

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Film about boy trained by supernatural creature, to open on July 11

Toho opened an official website for director Mamoru Hosoda's upcoming Bakemono no Ko (The Boy and the Beast) film on Friday, and unveiled the first teaser:

Narrator: In this world, there is another world separate from the one of humans: The world of beasts.
Text: Summer 2015
Narrator: A rowdy beast and a boy who is all alone.
Text: From The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and Wolf Children director Mamoru Hosoda
Narrator: Their meeting was the beginning of an unimaginable journey and a story of miracles.
Text: The Boy and the Beast.

The story of the film is set in the human realm (Tokyo's Shibuya ward) and the bakemono realm ("Jūtengai"). In these two worlds which must not intersect, there lives a lonely boy and a lonely bakemono. One day, the boy gets lost in the bakemono world, becomes the disciple of the bakemono Kumatetsu, and is renamed Kyūta.

Hosoda created and scripted the movie, and plans to complete it next June. Theatrical screenings have already been set for France, and the major French movie studio Gaumont will handle international sales outside Asia. The film will open in Japan on July 11, 2015. It will be Hosoda's first film since 2012, when his relatively new animation movie company Studio Chizu released Wolf Children as its first project.

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