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Bakemono no ko (2015)

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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.

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... Kumatetsu (voice)
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... Additional Voices (voice)
Felecia Angelle ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bryn Apprill ... Kaede (voice)
Kumiko Asô ... Kyuta's Mother (voice)
Dawn Michelle Bennett ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Ichirohiko (Young) (voice)
Z. Charles Bolton ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
Ben Bryant ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Additional Voices (voice)
Jessica Cavanagh ... Kyuta's Mother (voice)
James Chandler ... Additional Voices (voice)
Clifford Chapin ... Additional Voices (voice)
... Kyuta (Young) (voice)
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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.


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

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2 February 2016 (USA)  »

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El niño y la bestia  »

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$274,247, 6 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$446,142, 13 March 2016
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On the Australian DVD, the dubbed dialogue and the subtitles are significantly different to each other, though keeping the plot and events the same. The dubbing seems to be a rewrite of the dialogue in American vernacular . The subtitles appear to be a literal translation of the original Japanese dialogue. See more »

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Kaede: Everyone of us carries that darkness equally. Ren carries it, and so do I. But I'm still struggling as hard as I can, even now. That's why there's no way Ren can lose to you who were so easily swallowed by the darkness. There's no way we're going to lose!
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"Kemono: The Movie"
7 December 2015 | by See 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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