You may not know Mamoru Hosoda but I guess you’ll might have watched his movies. He is the guy behind the critically acclaimed movies like Summer Wars and Wolf Children.
The Boy and the Beast, the director’s latest coming of age story, is surprisingly doing good even in the international markets.
Hosoda was commissioned by Studio Ghibli to direct Howl’s Moving Castle but was taken off the project during the early production stages due to failing to come up with a concept acceptable to Studio Ghibli bosses.
Hayao Miyazaki is what he is because of his diverse work and so is Mamoru Hosoda but if you are talking about Hosoda being the next Miyazaki then it can’t get any more ridiculous.
Sure there are similarities between two, like both of them tend to be more realistic with their stories but Hosoda movies have stories inclined more towards the fantasy elements than solid character development.
Hosoda’s directing debut was The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, a sweet coming of age tale of a teenage girl who tries to use her newfound ability to travel through time to her advantage. Something that is clearly underhyped.
His next Summer Wars was also a box office wonder, a surprisingly brilliant masterpiece. Showcasing the life of Kenji a teenage math prodigy who accidentally collides virtual world with real world.
While Summer Wars & The Girl Who Leapt Through Time were both good films they weren’t as great as the Wolf Children. One of the best animated movies I have ever seen. I am yet to watch The Boy and the Beast but even after watching that I can say that I will still love this movie. Simply a beautiful movie. In simple words it showcases a family trying to live a normal life under difficult circumstances but plot twist it’s a family of half-werewolf kids.
I am yet to watch Mamoru Hosoda’s latest movie The Boy and the Beast but from the buzz online I can already say it’s good if not awesome.
Here’s the Official Synopsis:
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.
I think with the kind of movies he makes Mamoru Hosoda can easily be in the league of best anime directors like Makoto Shinkai and Hayao Miyazaki. Still he can’t be the exact carbon copy of them just like how you can’t be me and I can’t be you.