Mamoru Hosoda’s Beauty Receives Huge Standing Ovation After Cannes Film Festival Premiere
Mamoru Hosoda receiving a huge standing ovation after the premiere of the director’s latest film, Beautiful, at the Cannes Film Festival! Mamoru Hosoda is one of the most prominent directors and creators among anime fans for his previous films such as Mirai, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and more, and now the creator has branched out with a whole new effort as part of Studio Chizu’s tenth anniversary celebration. This new film is not only premiering in Japan this week, but also made a special debut as part of the Cannes Film Festival. And it went really well.
After Belle’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, director Mamoru Hosoda received a standing ovation lasting several minutes. Some reports said it was up to 14 minutes, while the main video broadcast from Cannes on YouTube times it at around five minutes. Either way, it was an overwhelmingly positive response to what is likely another strong movie given Hosoda’s track record. You can see the standing ovation in the video above!
Beautiful Now hitting theaters in Japan, but unfortunately has yet to reveal any international release date information as of this writing. Mamoru Hosoda is credited with the film’s original story and serves as director while the cast includes Kaho Nakamura as the titular Belle. Ryo Narita as Shinobu Hisatake, Shota Sometani as Shinjiro Chikami, Tina Tamashiro as Ruka Watanabe, Rira Ikuta as Hiroka Betsuyaku, Toshiyuki Morikawa as Justian, Kenjiro Tsuda as Jelinek, Mami Koyama as Swan and Mamoru Miyano as Muitara Hitemaruawa
Studio Chizu officially describes Beautiful as such, “Our protagonist, Suzu, is a 17-year-old high school student, who lives in the countryside of Kochi Prefecture with her father, having lost her mother at a young age. She enjoys singing with her mother more than quite another thing, but following the death of her mother was no longer able to sing. It was not long before she and her father grew further and further apart from each other, and Suzu closed her heart to the rest of the world.
When Suzu felt that writing music was her sole purpose in life, she then discovered the huge online space known as “U”, where she takes her character, Belle. Another me. Another reality. We are no longer limited to one world. Suzu soon realizes that when she is inside ‘U’ as an avatar, Belle, she can sing quite naturally. As she continues to present her own music in the virtual world, she quickly becomes the rising star of “U”. However, this surprise is short-lived. Suddenly, a mysterious creature in the form of a dragon appears in front of herâ¦ “
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