Belle director Mamoru Hosoda on why youth are drawn to online world

Belle reportedly received a 14-minute standing ovation when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in July. PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE
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SINGAPORE - In the Japanese animation movie Belle, a teenager enters a massive simulation shared by millions around the world. In this alternate reality, she is anonymous and free of the mental traps that imprison her in the real world.

For writer and director Mamoru Hosoda, the story reflects the divide between how the young and old see the Internet.

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