BY JAMES SCOTT/ JULY 18, 2023

The Boy and the Heron Release Date, Cast, Plot, And Everything We Know So Far

The Boy and the Heron, Hayao Miyazaki's final directorial effort, is scheduled for release later this year. Over the course of his six-decade career, he has directed a plethora of films that have garnered critical praise.

The Boy and the Heron

The highly acclaimed director and recognized artist's upcoming Japanese animated film has been in the works for nearly a decade, making it unquestionably the most anticipated of all of their projects. It is scheduled for its first public viewing this coming summer.

The Boy and the Heron

Toho announced on December 13, 2022, that the theatrical release of Kimitachi wa Da Ikiru ka is planned to take place in Japan on July 14, 2023.

Release Date

– Takuya Kimura as Shoichi Maki(voice) – Jun Kunimura as The Parakeet King(voice) – Masaki Suda as The Grey Heron(voice) – Kaoru Kobayashi as Old Pelican(voice)

Cast

– Soma Santoki as Mahito Maki(voice) – Aimyon as Himi(voice) – Jun Fubuki as Mother #2(voice) – Keiko Takeshita as Mother #1(voice) – Shinobu Ôtake as Mother #5(voice)

Cast

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese animator, director, and manga artist. He is recognized worldwide for his skill as a storyteller and maker of animated feature films in Japan. He is one of the co-founders of the animation studio Studio Ghibli.

Director

During the Pacific War in 1943, Mahito Maki's mother, Hisako, was killed in an air raid on Tokyo. Mahito was just 12 years old at the time. After the death of Mahito's mother, Mahito's father bought an air munitions plant and remarried the younger sister of his late wife, Natsuko.

Plot

After, the family was forced to flee to Natsuko's home in the countryside, where they lived with numerous elderly maids. Mahito is having difficulty adjusting to life in the new town as he is still dealing with the loss of his mother, gets bullied at school, and is in the midst of a stressful relationship with Natsuko, who is expecting their child.

Plot

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