Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, The Boy and The Heron, is coming to theaters in Australia and New Zealand. Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures International Releasing have announced that they have acquired the theatrical release and will release the film on December 7. The movie will release both with English subtitles and in English dub.
The Boy and The Heron is the latest film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who is known as the greatest animated filmmaker of our time. He was joined by producer, Toshio Suzuki, Joe Hisaishi, who is in charge of the film’s music, and Kenshin Yonzezu, who wrote the film’s theme song, “Spinning Globe.” The Boy and The Heron is inspired by Genzoburo Yoshino’s novel, How Do You Live? (Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka?). The film is summarized as:
A young boy named Mahito
yearning for his mother
ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead.
There, death comes to an end,
and life finds a new beginning.
A semi-autobiographical fantasy
about life, death, and creation,
in tribute to friendship,
from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.
GKids, a North American distributor for Studio Ghibli films, has previously announced the English dub for the movie, with an all-star cast that includes Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Robert Pattinson, and more. Below is the English dub trailer from GKids.
The film was first premiered in Japan on July 14 with no promotional content except for a teaser visual. The Boy and The Heron made its first international premiere in Toronto, Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival 2023 and has already premiered in South Korea and France. The movie was licensed by GKids and made its U.S. and IMAX premiere at the Animation Is Film Festival 2023 in Los Angeles on October 18 as its opening. It will have its North American debut on December 8. Check out our review of The Boy and The Heron, covered on October 18.
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