Your Streaming Guide to Belle Director Mamoru Hosoda

Country: Japan

Kind: sci-fi action comedy

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

To throw: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura, Sumiko Fuji.

“Summer Wars” is the movie that put Hosoda on the map. A wildly imaginative digital adventure, “Summer Wars” takes all the sleek sci-fi chops from the filmmaker he honed during his time as an animator on Digimon (which later made his directorial debut with Digimon: The Movie) and combines them with the delicate slice-of-life sensibilities he tested with his masterpiece “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.” It’s hard to describe “Summer Wars” without it sounding like the weirdest and most animated film, but Hosoda strikes an incredible balance between the film’s very different tones and genres. At first, “Summer Wars” unfolds like a serene, lazy movie, set in a country house where nothing happens except a crowded family reunion, where all sorts of outrageous characters vie for the attention of our silent protagonist. But suddenly, Hosoda shifts gears and the film turns into a visually stimulating, action-packed adventure.

Watch this if you like: “Digimon”, virtual reality, watermelons.

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