Studio Chizu is proud to announce, from Academy Award-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda, the long-awaited feature film Belle coming to theaters in Japan in Summer 2021.
Director Mamoru Hosoda’s most recent film, Mirai, has gained international acclaim, winning the Annie Awards for Best Independent Feature Animation, and receiving nominations for Best Animated Feature Film at the Oscars in addition to its Golden Globe nomination.
Now, he has taken on the challenge of depicting the ever-evolving online world by placing the story in the world of U, a massive online network with over five billion registered users. Like in his past work such as Digimon: The Movie: Digimon Adventure: Children’s War Game! and Summer Wars, director Hosoda uses the digital world as a backdrop to delve into themes of modern society, basing the story on his more recent insights.
Coming of age, family ties, love between parents and children, friendship that transcends species, the links between our lives.
Of the various themes, Mamoru Hosoda’s recurring concept is “People in difficult situations bravely pushing themselves forward and striving for a better future.” In 2020, people all over the world have faced a crisis like never before, but the year is finally coming to an end. Director Hosoda will spin a tale of hope and courage that will be an inspiration for everyone around the world in 2021, which also marks Studio Chizu’s 10th year anniversary.