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The Boy and the Heron

Kimitachi wa dô Ikiru Ka

Hayao Miyazaki | 2023 | 124 MINS
Japan | Subtitles
International Panorama: Japan

A young boy yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.

★★★★★ The Telegraph

In Detail

This is a quintessential Studio Ghibli movie, with a young protagonist (named Mahito) facing off against a fantastical world while coming to terms with their own complex reality. He enters a magical world with a talking grey heron after finding an abandoned tower in his new town.

Soulfully exploring thought-provoking themes through a beautifully animated lens, ‘The Boy and the Heron’ is another Miyazaki masterpiece. If this really is his last film (as reported), it is an astonishing farewell – a parable with all the freedom and fantasy of childhood itself.

We will be screening both the original Japanese language (subtitled) and the English dubbed versions (inc. Christian Bale & Willem Dafoe).

Look out for the Illustrated talk on Hayao Miyazaki by Jasper Sharp:

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