GKIDS announced on Tuesday that it would be bringing Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu’s BELLE (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime) to the United States for a Special Screening Event on January 14th, 2022. The film will screen in English and Japanese with English subtitles. Belle made its debut in Japan on July 16th, with the film earning 6,397,159,950 yen (about US$56.44 million) according to Anime News Network, it has become Hosoda’s Highest-Grossing Film with the film having IMAX screenings in 38 theaters throughout Japan, and preparing for MX4D screenings on October 22nd.

BELLE Key Visual
Image Credit: Studio Chizu

In June, GKIDS acquired the North American distribution rights for Studio Chizu’s BELLE, which also handled the distribution of Hosoda’s other film, Mirai. The Company recently released two new teasers to celebrate the announcement of the January Screening.


From the celebrated Oscar®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creator of Mirai, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and more, comes a fantastical, yet beautiful and contemporary thematic story of one girl’s growth in the age of social media.

Suzu is a 17-year-old high school student living in a rural village with her father. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. One day, she enters “U,” a virtual world of 5 billion members on the Internet. There, she is not Suzu anymore but Belle, a world-famous singer. She soon meets with a mysterious creature. Together, they embark on a journey of adventures, challenges, and love, in their quest to become who they truly are.”


SOURCE: Anime News Network, GKIDS

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