Countdown to International Release: ‘The Boy and the Heron’ Poster Unveils Miyazaki’s Masterpiece

Studio Ghibli’s upcoming fantasy film, The Boy and the Heron, has been teased by the unveiling of a brand new poster. The film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki.

The coming-of-age drama will have its international debut in Taiwan, Spain, and France before it opens in the United States on December 8. As part of an unusual marketing campaign, the company decided not to release any trailers, pictures, or synopses for the film until its global debut in Japan last July. The film then made its global premiere at the 2023 Toronto Film Festival.

What is The Boy and the Heron?

“Through encounters with his friends and uncle, follows a teenage boy’s psychological development,” the synopsis states. After discovering an abandoned tower in his new town, he is transported to a mystical realm where he meets a talking grey heron.

Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron (retitled from How Do You Live) is his first directorial effort in ten years. Films like “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” and “Ponyo” are among his most well-known works as a director. Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda (The Backwater), Aimyon (singer), Yoshino Kimura (Confessions), Shohei Hino (As Long as We Both Shall Live), Ko Shibasaki (47 Ronin), Takuya Kimura (Howl’s Moving Castle), and many others provide their voices to the hand-drawn animated picture.

Toshio Suzuki, creator of Studio Ghibli, is behind the production. The film’s score was composed by Miyazaki’s frequent collaborator Joe Hisaishi, while the song “Spinning Globe,” which serves as the film’s theme, was written and sung by J-pop singer Kenshi Yonezu.

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