New international trailers for Studio Ghibli’s latest film The Boy and the Heron have been released, showing off new scenes that were not included in the GKID’s US release trailer. The movie is headed to France and South Korea for now.
The French release of the film will be distributed by the pan-European film distribution company Wild Bunch Distribution and it will premiere on November 1. Meanwhile, the South Korean release will be distributed by local cinema chain Megabox and will begin screening on October 25.
The Boy and the Heron will be making way to the US cinemas on December 8 following the international premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 7. The movie debuted in the US at the 61st New York Film Festival, which ran from September 29 to October 15. GKIDS has also licensed the film for theatrical release later this fall.
It is worth noting that The Boy and The Heron, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, premiered with promotional content in Japan on July 14. Despite few marketing efforts for the film, it earned $13.2 (1.83 billion yen) from July 14 to July 17, according to data from Comscore as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. Preview images for the film were officially released a month after the theatrical release.
The Boy and The Heron is directed by Hayao Miyazaki, produced by Toshio Suzuki, and with music by Joe Hisashi. Kenshi Yonezu performed the film’s theme song titled “Spinning Globe.” The cast for the anime film includes:
- Soma Santoki as Mahito
- Masaki Suda as the Blue Heron/Heron Man
- Ko Shibasaki as Kiriko
- Aimyon as Himi
- Yoshino Kimura as Natusko
- Takuya Kimura as Shoichi
- Shinobu Otake as Aiko
- Keiko Takeshita as Izumi
- Jun Fubuki as Utako
- Sawako Agawa as Eriko
- Karen Takizawa as Warawara
- Jun Kunimura as the Great King of the Parrots
- Kaoru Kobayashi as the Old Pelican
The official Japanese title can be translated as How Do You Live and shares the name with a novel by Yoshino Genzaburo, first published in 1937. The novel was republished in 1945 by Mira-sha Publishers following World War II.