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The Boy and the Beast (2015)

Bakemono no ko (original title)
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When a young orphaned boy living on the streets of Shibuya stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by a gruff warrior beast looking for an apprentice.

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Mamoru Hosoda

Writer:

Mamoru Hosoda
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Swasey ... Kumatetsu (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randy E. Aguebor ... Additional Voices (voice)
Felecia Angelle Felecia Angelle ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bryn Apprill Bryn Apprill ... Kaede (voice)
Kumiko Asô ... Kyuta's Mother (voice)
Dawn Michelle Bennett Dawn Michelle Bennett ... Additional Voices (voice)
Morgan Berry ... Ichirohiko (Young) (voice)
Z. Charles Bolton Z. Charles Bolton ... Additional Voices (voice)
Duncan Brannan ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ben Bryant Ben Bryant ... Additional Voices (voice)
John Burgmeier ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jessica Cavanagh Jessica Cavanagh ... Kyuta's Mother (voice)
James Chandler James Chandler ... Additional Voices (voice)
Clifford Chapin Clifford Chapin ... Additional Voices (voice)
Luci Christian ... Kyuta (Young) (voice)
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Storyline

The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who's been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely family will be put to ultimate test-a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

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A strange tale of fatherhood. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 July 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El niño y la bestia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$274,247, 6 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$446,142, 13 March 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On the Australian DVD, the dubbed dialogue and the subtitles are significantly different to each other, though keeping the plot and events the same. The dubbing seems to be a rewrite of the dialogue in American vernacular . The subtitles appear to be a literal translation of the original Japanese dialogue. See more »

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Kaede: You know what? I've been asking myself something. "Why am I holding Ren's hand and running away with him? Here I am, scared to death, so why am I doing it? Then I remembered something. How incredibly happy I was when we first met and we started studying together. I mean, there's nobody else who enjoys studying as much as you. When I'm with you, it gives me the courage to keep going too. And right now, it's the same. Ren, if you're going to fight, then I'm staying with you. Don't forget, neither...
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Anime movies have not died with Studio Ghibli.
19 March 2016 | by greyfireSee all my reviews

Although I wouldn't place it up there with Wolf Children or even Summer Wars, The Boy and The Beast is another great film by Mamoru Hosada. The plot revolves around a beast who is on his way to becoming the grandmaster. He needs to beat one opponent to be crowned, but in order to do that he must also take in a protégé. This leads him to finding an orphan who has recently run away from home and is looking for a place to stay.

The relationship between these two becomes pretty standard, as it's reminiscent of 'Leon: The Professional'. Nevertheless, their rambunctious relationship is lovable. The film doesn't focus too much on 'the unconventional master' growing a heart and changing his ways, and I give it points for that.

The boy spends years living with the beast in the world of the beasts, so he doesn't have any human interaction while being trained until he ventures back out into the world where he befriends a human girl. This new found friend puts a strain on his relationship with the beast. But they are still there to support each other when it matters.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this movie. There wasn't anything that I found special in it, but if you like to see a pair of people missing something from themselves and finding it within, by learning from each other, then I would recommend this anime.


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