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The Boy and the Beast

Mamoru Hosoda

Legendary hand-drawn animation genius Mamoru Hosoda follows up his previous monster hits The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Wolf Children and Summer Wars with his action-packed take on the buddy movie. Combining some favourite ingredients of Japanese anime – conflicted teens, supernatural creatures, epic battles – fans of Hosoda’s earlier titles will not be disappointed.

"Conflicted teens, supernatural creatures, epic battles..."

On the run after the death of his mother, lonely nine-year-old Kyuta heads down an alley and stumbles into Jutenkai, an alternate dimension ruled by beasts. Kyuta becomes apprentice to the bearlike warrior Kumatetsu; however, Kumatetsu proves to be a disastrous teacher and Kyuta a very cocky student resulting in a sparky, humorous relationship a long way from the traditional master/student roles. Years pass, until Kyuta returns to the human dimension and meets Kaede, a smart girl who offers to teach him to read. But being back among humans also leaves Kyuta questioning which world he truly belongs in. Conflicted by his commitment to Kumatetsu, and with a battle approaching, he returns to Jutenkai unprepared for what will happen next. As the worlds of human and beasts collide, it’s clear that life will never be the same for either.

Discovery Film Festival has been proud to present all of Hosoda’s previous features to large and appreciative audiences, and we expect a similar reaction this time. Building on familiar themes of love, loyalty, sacrifice and the enduring importance of family, this stunningly adventurous anime – where martial arts dominate and friendships are worth fighting for – will have you on the edge of your seat.