Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming film Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka (translated as How Do You Live?) will be hitting theaters in a week, on July 14. Barely anything is known about it, because Studio Ghibli has chosen not to do ads, trailers, or even reveal the cast. But it has been announced that the movie will open in IMAX at the same time it comes out in regular theaters, which has never happened before with a Ghibli movie. Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X are other ways people will be able to see it.
The film is inspired by the book How Do You Live? by Genzaburō Yoshino. It’s published in America by Algonquin Young Readers, who gave this description for it:
HOW DO YOU LIVE? begins with fifteen-year-old Copper, who has recently suffered the loss of his father, gazing out over his hometown of Tokyo, watching the thousands of people below, and beginning to ponder life’s big questions. How many people are in the world? What do their lives look like? Are humans really made of molecules? The book moves between Copper’s story and his uncle’s journal entries, in which he gives advice and helps Copper learn pivotal truths about the way the world works. Over the course of a year in his life, Copper, like his namesake Copernicus, embarks on a journey of philosophical enlightenment, and uses his discoveries about the heavens, earth and human nature to determine the best way to live. Yoshino perfectly captures the beauty and strangeness of pre-war Japan – the changing of the seasons, the fried tofu and taiyaki stands, and the lush landscapes, as Copper explores the city on his bike and learns from friends and family what really matters most in life.
People first learned about Miyazaki working on this film in 2017. Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli’s cofounder, announced then that Miyazaki had begun working on the movie’s storyboards the year before.
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