Tuesday, January 25, 2022

2021 Japanese animated film Belle (竜とそばかすの姫) to remain in Pittsburgh through at least February 3.


The 2021 Japanese animated film Belle (竜とそばかすの姫), which opened in Pittsburgh on January 12, will stay here through at least February 3. From the distributor:
From the celebrated Academy Award®-nominated director Mamoru Hosoda and Studio Chizu, creators of Mirai, Wolf Children, Summer Wars, and more, comes a fantastical, heartfelt story of growing up in the age of social media.

Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.
Belle was the top movie in Japan for three weeks over the summer and was the second-highest grossing film in Japan for 2021. It will play locally the AMC Loews Waterfront, at the local Cinemark theaters, and several other theaters in the Pittsburgh area, and tickets are available online. Please note that some shows are dubbed in English while others are in Japanese with English subtitles.