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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

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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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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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An unlucky boy and a lonely beast... 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

When the whale moves through the city, one of the businesses that is shown is "Starbuck's", which is named after a character from "Moby DIck". See more »

Quotes

Kumatetsu: You've got some nerve giving me advice! A pupil keeps quiet and does what he's told!
Kyuta: No way! If I do what you tell me, I'll catch your stupidity!
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Hosoda stumbles
10 August 2016 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Based on his wonderful films Wolf Children, The Girl Who Stepped Through Time, and Summer Wars, I've been thinking of Mamoru Hosoda as the heir apparent to Hayao Miyazaki, not because they're that stylistically similar but because both make beautiful, very human movies that give me joy. But The Boy and the Beast isn't anywhere near the level of his previous films.

In premise alone, this film is far less interesting, falling into the clichéd reluctant-master-rebellious-student rut. Teacher teaches student, student teaches teacher, helpful sidekicks comment on the action, and it's all leading to the big fight.

None of which is particularly bad, and the movie is perfectly enjoyable, but towards the end things go off the rails as a new storyline is awkwardly tossed in and a lot of new information is offered far too late in the game. It feels like two or three bits of movies were poorly welded together.

Whether the reviews on IMDb are positive or negative, reviewers declare this beautifully animated, but while the animation is fine, there was little in it that was exceptional.

Since Hosada's One Piece debut, every movie he has made was more wonderful than the one that preceded it. I can only hope that this is a stumble, not a fall, and that his next movie will be a return to his earlier brilliance.


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