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The Boy and the Beast (2015)

Bakemono no ko (original title)
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When a young orphaned boy living on the streets of Shibuya stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by a gruff warrior beast looking for an apprentice.


Mamoru Hosoda


Mamoru Hosoda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kôji Yakusho ... Kumatetsu (voice)
Aoi Miyazaki ... Kyûta (shônen-ki) (voice)
Shôta Sometani ... Kyûta (seinen-ki) (voice)
Suzu Hirose ... Kaede (voice)
Kazuhiro Yamaji Kazuhiro Yamaji ... Iozan (voice)
Mamoru Miyano ... Ichirôhiko (seinen-ki) (voice)
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Jirômaru (seinen-ki) (voice)
Haru Kuroki ... Ichirôhiko (shônen-ki) (voice)
Momoka Ôno Momoka Ôno ... Jirômaru (shônen-ki) (voice)
Sumire Morohoshi Sumire Morohoshi ... Chiko (voice)
Keishi Nagatsuka Keishi Nagatsuka ... Kyûta no chichi (voice)
Kumiko Asô ... Kyûta no haha (voice)
Masahiko Tsugawa Masahiko Tsugawa ... Sôshi (voice)
Tadashi Nakamura Tadashi Nakamura ... Kenja (voice)
Baku Numata Baku Numata ... Kenja (voice)


The latest feature film from award-winning Japanese director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children): When Kyuta, a young orphan living on the streets of Shibuya, stumbles into a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by Kumatetsu, a gruff, rough-around-the-edges warrior beast who's been searching for the perfect apprentice. Despite their constant bickering, Kyuta and Kumatetsu begin training together and slowly form a bond as surrogate father and son. But when a deep darkness threatens to throw the human and beast worlds into chaos, the strong bond between this unlikely family will be put to ultimate test-a final showdown that will only be won if the two can finally work together using all of their combined strength and courage.

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In a world of beasts, he found a family. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Part of the "summer autocinema" programme, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2017) See more »


Kumatetsu: Kyuta thinks he can stand on his own two feet already, but really he still needs someone to help him. I may be small-time chump, but I'm still gonna help him. I'll make up for what's missing inside his heart. That's the one thing this small-timer can still do!
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Referenced in AniMat's Crazy Cartoon Cast: The Puppet Master (2018) See more »

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"Kemono: The Movie"
7 December 2015 | by slyweazalSee all my reviews

Like a male version of "The Cat Returns" - full of beautiful animation, appealing characters and themes, speckled with a few moments of honesty, a lot of familiar anime tropes, and some spotty pacing/storytelling.

Fortunately, the film is sufficiently well made and intentioned that if you're able to accept the director's priorities and not get hung up by less-than-subtle exposition, it's a totally charming, indulgent time.

Movies like this fill a sweet spot: the kind of comforting sentimentality that makes you feel good on sick days.

If you're reading this, chances are you're familiar with the director's work ("Wolf Children," "Summer Wars," "Digimon," etc.). As the title of this review indicates, this movie delivers that content...more than any other film in existence. Enjoy.

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Release Date:

11 July 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$274,247, 6 March 2016

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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