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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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In a world of beasts, he found a family. 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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Kumatetsu: Kyuta thinks he can stand on his own two feet already, but really he still needs someone to help him. I may be small-time chump, but I'm still gonna help him. I'll make up for what's missing inside his heart. That's the one thing this small-timer can still do!
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Yep, That Was An Excellent Movie
3 March 2016 | by sayen_shinSee all my reviews

Funny how I wanted to watch this movie for months, but I couldn't find any theater in my country where it's released. Then, I found one viewing happening tonight three days ago by complete luck. I didn't hesitate once and bought my ticket with my mother which has been ill these past months (fortunately, she's doing better).

I never went to see a Japanese animated movie before at the exception of Pokemon and Digimon back in the days, though I've watched all of Mamoru Hosada, Hayao Miyazaki, Yoshifumi Kondo and Satoshi Kon. I don't know why, but this movie and its title attracted my soul from the beginning. It has the premise of classic tales, but the execution is unique and flawless in what the director tries to do.

I'm glad I gave this movie its chance and even though it has some moments of exposition, it's one of those movies where it can cheer you up no matter what's happening to you in real life. The Beast has wits. The kid, even more and as a tale of love, friendship, parenthood and peace will it stay in your memory for long enough for you to remember it decades later.

On a side note, the music is beautifully crafted, the art is great and I believe it will become a classic in a few years, if people are willing to accept it. :)


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