Mamoru Hosoda's The Boy and the Beast Trailer English-Subtitled

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Film about boy trained by supernatural creature opens on July 11 in Japan

Australian anime distributor Madman Entertainment began streaming an English-subtitled trailer for Mamoru Hosoda's upcoming The Boy and the Beast film on Wednesday. The distributor says that the film is "coming soon to cinemas." The film's official Japanese website previously began streaming the trailer, as well as a 30-second teaser video, in Japanese on April 12.

The film's staff announced the cast on April 12. The cast includes:

Kōji Yakusho as Kumatetsu, a bear-like being who acts as a teacher to the human Kyūta
Aoi Miyazaki as child Kyūta
Shōta Sometani as adolescent Kyūta
Suzu Hirose in her debut voice-acting role as Kaede, a high school student Kyūta meets
Masahiko Tsugawa as Grand Master
Lily Franky as Monk Momoaki
Yo Oizumi as Tatara
Kazuhiro Yamaji as Iōzan
Haru Kuroki as younger Ichirōhiko
Mamoru Miyano older Ichirōhiko
Momoka Ohno as younger Jirōmaru
Kappei Yamaguchi as older Jirōmaru
Sumire Morohoshi as Chiko

Other cast members include Keishi Nagatsuka as Kyūta's father and Kumiko Asou as Kyūta's mother.

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 (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) created and scripted the movie. Theatrical screenings have already been set for France, and the major French movie studio Gaumont will handle international sales outside Asia. 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.

The film will open on July 11. Renji Asai (Sentō Jōsai Masurawo) will launch the manga in Kadokawa Shoten's Monthly Shōnen Ace on April 25.

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