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Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron Anime Film Rises to 88th Highest-Grossing in Japan

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It was just last week that Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron anime film entered the top 100 list of highest-grossing films of all time in Japan. At the time it was in 93rd place, but now it has already bumped up a few spots to 88th. The Boy and the Heron now sits just below 2008’s Boys Over Flowers Final film. 

The total for The Boy and the Heron as of September 3 is 7.74 billion yen (about US$54.54 million), with over 5.17 million tickets sold. 

GKIDS has a North American theatrical release planned for later this year, and The Boy and the Heron will be the opening night film for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival on September 7. 

The movie is inspired by the book How Do You Live? by Genzaburō Yoshino. Algonquin Young Readers publishes it in English and gave this description for it:

“The first English translation of the classic Japanese novel that has sold over two million copies, now featured in the film The Boy and the Heron from anime master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle), with an introduction by Neil Gaiman.

First published in 1937, Genzaburō Yoshino’s How Do You Live? has long been acknowledged in Japan as a crossover classic for young readers. The novel is narrated in two voices. The first belongs to Copper, fifteen, who after the death of his father must confront inevitable and enormous change, including his own betrayal of his best friend. In between episodes of Copper’s emerging story, his uncle writes to him in a journal, sharing knowledge and offering advice on life’s big questions as Copper begins to encounter them. Over the course of the story, Copper, like his namesake Copernicus, looks to the stars, and uses his discoveries about the heavens, earth, and human nature to answer the question of how he will live.

This first-ever English-language translation of a Japanese classic about finding one’s place in a world both infinitely large and unimaginably small is perfect for readers of philosophical fiction like The Alchemist and The Little Prince, as well as Miyazaki fans eager to understand his mysterious new film and its many influences.”

Via Crunchyroll News