The Boy and the Beast
Mamoru Hosoda, 2015 (119m)
Orphaned nine-year-old Ren escapes the streets of contemporary Tokyo into Jutengai, the kingdom of the beasts. There he becomes disciple to the boorish, ursine Kumatetsu, one of two anthropomorphic animal candidates poised to inherit the realm's throne when the current Lord reincarnates as a deity. Ren – renamed Kyûta by his master – becomes a promising martial artist and young man but complications arise when he discovers the route back to the human world. Mamoru Hosada's recent Japanese Academy Award prize-winner is a glorious animation about the friendship between a boy and a mythical beast
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