US-based distributor Gkids has acquired North American rights to Japanese animation director Miyazaki Hayao’s final movie. It will release it as The Boy and the Heron.
The highly-anticipated film released in Japanese theaters earlier on Friday as Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka (“How Do You Live”). Producer Studio Ghibli made no images, trailers, synopses, advertisements, or other information about the film available to the public prior to its Japanese theatrical outing.
The film is based on a 1937 book, which tells the story of a 15-year-old boy as he goes on a journey to discovery spiritual growth and he meaning of life with the help of his uncle. A 2023 North American theatrical outing means it has a significant chance of making a run for the Oscars.
“Miyazaki is a living legend in filmmaking, as evidenced by his Academy Award win for Spirited Away and his Oscar nominations,” said David Jesteadt, Gkids president.