From ‘Summer Wars’ to ‘Belle’: Mamoru Hosoda’s films, from worst to best

With only eight feature films, seven if we take into account the real essence of ‘Digimon: The Movie’, Mamoru Hosoda has become one of the great masters of animated cinema in recent years. A total author who is increasingly closer to thrones as prominent as those occupied by Satoshi Kon, Katsuhiro Tomo, Mamoru Oshii or Hayao Miyazaki. Almost nothing.

Mamoru Hosoda’s movies, from worst to best

8 ‘Digimon: The Movie’

Result of the union between two short films of the series and the true first film of the saga in Japan, ‘Digimon: The movie’ It is, with a wide difference from the rest, the worst of the works released to date by Mamoru Hosoda. Impossible to find any clue of the later genius of an author who succumbed to the demands of a universe from which, no matter how united it was at the beginning of his career, he never knew how to extract all the potential that he would achieve from his most personal works.

Digimon: The Movie at Movie’n’co

7 ‘One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island’
'One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island'

Even for people who are not familiar with the vast and vast universe of ‘One Piece’, Mamoru Hosoda’s direction in this ‘One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island’ is a real joy. It doesn’t matter if you know the least (or nothing) about these characters, the Japanese filmmaker’s ability as a narrator is so fabulous that you will end up vibrating with this unstoppable rhythm adventuregreat sense of humor and scenes of a wild spectacle. What came next in Hosoda’s career was a revelation, of course, but here you could already identify a superb director.

One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island at Movie’n’co

6 ‘Look, my little sister’
'Look, my little sister'

Despite the fact that many of the most representative elements of Mamoru Hosoda’s work were present, ‘Mirai, my little sister’ was often a frustrating experience due to the excessive parsimony with which the filmmaker decided to narrate a story that, when it came down to it, worked much better on paper than on screen. Undeniable flashes of genius, a very powerful ending, the highlight of the proposal by far, and some postcards of undeniable beauty are the most redeeming points of a minor work in the filmography of its manager.

Mirai, my little sister in eCartelera

5 ‘The Wolf Children’
'The Wolf Children'

A film of intoxicating tenderness and outstanding emotional scope, ‘Wolf Children’ is, in all probability, the most charming proposal of Mamoru Hosoda’s professional career. Pushed to infinity by a collection of characters that captivate you from their first appearance, regardless of their status as protagonists or secondary characters, This masterpiece flows with the magic of the best stories, excites with the skill of the best stories and conquers you with the force of the best movies.. Masterly.

The Wolf Children (Wolf Children) at eCartelera

4 ‘Summer Wars’
'Summer Wars'

Once again science fiction becomes the wonderful playing field for Mamoru Hosoda to display his impressive array of talent, precision and absolute management of the narrative rhythm and emotional dosage in ‘Summer Wars’, another film elevated to the altars of essential animation. A story as complex inside as it is enjoyable in its fast-paced sense of action, vertiginous in its most spectacular moments and deeply moving in its most intimate moments. In short, another job to remember.

Summer Wars at eCartelera

3 ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’
'The Girl Who Leapt Through Time'

The first great masterpiece of Mamoru Hosoda it came with time travel, teen romance dramas, gorgeous visuals, memorable characters, and a story that slowly and steadily built up to sweeping emotion. Rightly converted into a Japanese animation classic of recent decades, ‘The Girl Who Leapt Through Time’ continues to shine with the unique and unmistakable light of stainless steel jewellery. An absolute marvel from start to finish.

The girl who jumped through time in eCartelera

two ‘The boy and the beast’
'The boy and the beast'

‘The boy and the beast’, another Hosoda brand of genius, is a particularly strong example of the filmmaker’s ability to balance a first-rate visual display, marked by significant doses of spectacular action, with stories full of tenderness. On this occasion, in addition, he brings us one of those film friendships that only the seventh art is capable of giving us and that is located directly in memory. A jewel of technical and emotional perfection capable of conquering even the least enthusiastic of the animated genre.

The boy and the beast in eCartelera

one ‘beauty’

The last film released to date by master Hosoda has turned out to be the most complete, exciting, inspired and memorable of his radiant career. And the fact is that, from its fascinating prologue to one of those endings that are enjoyed with a sinking heart and tears happily settling on one’s face, ‘Belle’ is a first-rate technical and dramatic feat. Combining the most recognizable science fiction, drawing obvious and inspired parallels with reality, with the universe of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, this masterpiece is excellent in all its sections. The demonstration that, in addition to a glorious past, the present of the Japanese filmmaker rhymes with the honors degree.

Belle in eCartelera

Expert in handling the most exciting adventure, the most contagious emotion and the perfect use of visual language as a narrative vehicle of unequivocal effectiveness, Hosoda is building a career filled with discoveries, unforgettable cinematic moments, and characters and stories destined to endure. Works that hypnotize visually and move with the exact precision of beauty.

  'The boy and the beast'

For this reason, and despite having a small setback in his career, Mamoru Hosoda is one of those filmmakers whose premieres are received with justifiable expectation, resulting in events that, on almost all occasions, exceed all expectations based on cinema in pure, energetic and delicate state. A genius on whom to place numerous hopes when it comes to continuing to add masterpieces to contemporary animation.