The Boy and the Heron Movie Poster

The Boy and the Heron

July 14, 2023
2hr 4min
Status: released

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The Boy and the Heron Movie Details:

Literal meaningHow Do You Live?
Revised HepburnKimitachi wa Dō Ikiru ka
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Release dateJuly 14, 2023
Running time2hr 4min
Age ratingPG-13
StarringSoma Santoki
Masaki Suda
Yoshino Kimura
Shōhei Hino
Ko Shibasaki
Takuya Kimura
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Written byHayao Miyazaki
Produced byToshio Suzuki
Cinematography by Atsushi Okui
Edited by Takeshi Seyama
Music byJoe Hisaishi
Production CompanyStudio Ghibli
Distributor Toho

The Boy and the Heron Movie Voice Cast & Characters:

Mahito MakiSoma SantokiLuca Padovan
The Grey HeronMasaki SudaRobert Pattinson
Lady HimiAimyonKaren Fukuhara
NatsukoYoshino KimuraGemma Chan
Shoichi MakiTakuya KimuraChristian Bale
GranduncleShōhei HinoMark Hamill
KirikoKo ShibasakiFlorence Pugh
Noble PelicanKaoru KobayashiWillem Dafoe
The Parakeet KingJun KunimuraDave Bautista
Izumi (Maid #1)Keiko TakeshitaDenise Pickering
Utako (Maid #2)Jun FubukiBarbara Rosenblat
Eriko (Maid #3)Sawako AgawaMelora Harte
Aiko (Maid #4)Shinobu OtakeBarbara Goodson
WarawaraKaren TakizawaLeah Lewis
ParakeetsMamoudou Athie
Tony Revolori
Dan Stevens


    Through encounters with his friends and uncle, follows a teenage boy’s psychological development. He enters a magical world with a talking grey heron after finding an abandoned tower in his new town.

    The Boy and the Heron Movie Budget & Box Office Collection:

    Worldwide CollectionUS$294.2 million

    About The Boy and the Heron Movie:

    The film is inspired by the 1937 novel of the same name by Genzaburo Yoshino but has an original story that is not a direct adaptation of the novel.

    It will be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film and is intended to be his parting gift to his grandson.

    The film was released without any traditional marketing campaign, with no trailers nor promotional stills of the film released before its premiere except a single poster.

    Hayao Miyazaki started working on the film in 2016 without receiving an official green light.

    In a late 2019 interview with NHK, Miyazaki stated that the film is not to be expected anytime soon; he said that in his younger age, he used to produce 10 minutes of animation every month, but now his speed was reduced to 1 minute per month.

    Hayao Miyazaki originally hoped to finish and release the film in the summer of 2020 to coincide with the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan; which were eventually postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Boy and the Heron was theatrically released in Japan on July 14, 2023, by Toho, and was screened in both traditional theaters and other premium formats such as IMAX.

    In Japan, The Boy and the Heron grossed $13.2 million (1.83 billion yen) in its opening weekend, becoming the biggest opening in Studio Ghibli’s history and surpassing Howl’s Moving Castle’s 1.48 billion yen debut in 2004. The film earned $1.7 million from 44 IMAX screens, setting a new 3-day record.