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GKIDS announced on Tuesday that it will begin screening Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu‘s new BELLE (Ryū to Sobakasu no Hime, literally “The Dragon and the Freckled Princess”) anime film in the U.S. on January 14. The film will screen in English and in Japanese with English subtitles.



BELLE opened in Japan on July 16. The film has IMAX screenings in 38 theaters throughout Japan. This makes BELLE the first of Hosoda’s films to have IMAX screenings.

The film has earned a cumulative total of 6,397,159,950 yen (about US$56.44 million) as of Sunday. The film is Hosoda’s highest-grossing film. MX4D screenings for the film will open on October 22.

France’s Cannes Film Festival first screened the film in the festival’s Cannes Premiere section on July 15. It marked the first Official Selection at the festival for Hosoda. (The director’s previous Mirai film screened at the Directors’ Fortnight, an independent section held in parallel to the festival, in 2018.) The film had its North American premiere at New York Film Festival on September 25. The film will have its West coast premiere in Los Angeles’ Animation Is Film Festival, which will be held from October 22-24.

Hosoda (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, The Boy and The Beast, Mirai) directed and scripted the film, and is also credited for the original work. The film marks Studio Chizu‘s 10th anniversary. Taisei Iwasaki (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Dragon Pilot: Hisone and Masotan, The Naked Director) is the film’s music director and composer.

Source: Press release


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