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New Miyazaki Movie Will Hit American Theaters This Year

Hayao Miyazaki’s New Film Will Not Be Marketed Pre-Release

After a lot of anticipation and mystery, Hayao Miyazaki’s new movie hits Japanese theaters today! North American fans might not be able to see it yet, but they will be able to watch the movie on the big screen later this year. GKIDS revealed that it has secured the acquisition of North American distribution rights and will be putting the movie in theaters sometime later in 2023, though an exact date has not yet been announced.

The new movie has up till now been called How Do You Live in the English press (its Japanese title is Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka, and How Do You Live is the direct translation of it). However, GKIDS said in its press release that the official international title for the movie is now The Boy and the Heron.

The film was written and directed by Miyazaki, was produced by Toshio Suzuki, and has music composed by Joe Hisaishi.

GKIDS noted in its press release:

“In an unprecedented decision by Studio Ghibli, no images, trailers, synopses, advertisements, or other information about the film have been made available to the public prior to its release in theaters in Japan. In keeping with this policy, GKIDS will not release any further details or marketing materials at this time.”

David Jesteadt, president of GKIDS, said in an official statement: “Hayao Miyazaki is a living legend in filmmaking, as evidenced by his Academy Award win for Spirited Away and his two Oscar nominations for Howl’s Moving Castle and The Wind Rises. It’s been ten years since the world has seen a new film from Miyazaki-san, and GKIDS is so proud and honored to unveil his latest, highly anticipated masterpiece in North America.”

GKIDS takes care of North American distribution for Studio Ghibli’s other films as well and also holds the Studio Ghibli Fest each year.

Source: Press release


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