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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.

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Mamoru Hosoda

Writer:

Mamoru Hosoda
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
John Swasey ... Kumatetsu (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randy E. Aguebor ... Additional Voices (voice)
Felecia Angelle Felecia Angelle ... Additional Voices (voice)
Bryn Apprill Bryn Apprill ... Kaede (voice)
Kumiko Asô ... Kyuta's Mother (voice)
Dawn Michelle Bennett Dawn Michelle Bennett ... Additional Voices (voice)
Morgan Berry ... Ichirohiko (Young) (voice)
Z. Charles Bolton Z. Charles Bolton ... Additional Voices (voice)
Duncan Brannan ... Additional Voices (voice)
Ben Bryant Ben Bryant ... Additional Voices (voice)
John Burgmeier ... Additional Voices (voice)
Jessica Cavanagh Jessica Cavanagh ... Kyuta's Mother (voice)
James Chandler James Chandler ... Additional Voices (voice)
Clifford Chapin Clifford Chapin ... Additional Voices (voice)
Luci Christian ... Kyuta (Young) (voice)
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Storyline

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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A strange tale of fatherhood. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

11 July 2015 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

El niño y la bestia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$274,247, 6 March 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$446,142, 13 March 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Monk Momoaki: Kyuta, please! Encourage Kumatetsu!
Kyuta: What are you doing, you chump? Get up already!
Kumatetsu: You've got a lot of nerve showing your face here after walking out.
Kyuta: What about you? You look ridiculous!
Kumatetsu: What did you say, you bastard?
Kyuta: You're a disgrace!
Monk Momoaki: Now is not the time to be insulting each other!
Tatara: Give me a break! Why are these two always like this?
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the miraculous bonds of a human boy and a monster
24 July 2016 | by bump-18589See all my reviews

This is a story about the bonds of a lonely human boy and a lonely monster. In this story, there is another world excepting a human world. The lonely boy loses his father by a divorce of his parent, and then loses his mother in a traffic accident. While he wanders aimlessly through the town of Shibuya, he meets a party of two monsters. After that encounter, he becomes stronger.

I'm moved by the relationship between the lonely boy and the lonely monster. They oppose each other whenever occasion arises. However, they trust each other intensely in the innermost recesses of their heart. So they want to help the companion with all his strength if he gets in a fix. Though they are not parent and child, they are bound by rigid ties as if they were real parent and child.

I think that the bond of parent and child is formed by not a blood relationship but the time which they have spent together for a long time.


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