The winners of the New York Film Critics Award have been revealed, and it was an anime title that snagged the award for Best Animated Film! Specifically, The Boy and the Heron (known as Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka in Japanese, which translates as How Do You Live?) from Hayao Miyazaki has received the award. The other titles in competition were Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Robot Dreams, Elemental, and the anime Suzume from Makoto Shinkai. The winner of Best Film was Killers of the Flower Moon.
In the original Japanese version, the main actors are Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Ko Shibasaki, AIMYON, Yoshino Kimura, Takuya Kimura, Keiko Takeshita, Jun Fubuki, Sawako Agawa, Karen Takizawa, Shinobu Otake, Jun Kunimura, Kaoru Kobayashi and Shohei Hino.
The English dub of The Boy and the Heron has Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Gemma Chan, Willem Dafoe, Karen Fukuhara, Mark Hamill, Robert Pattinson, Florence Pugh, Luca Padovan, Mamoudou Athie, Tony Revolori and Dan Stevens.
GKIDS is putting The Boy and the Heron in North American theaters next week on December 8, and gave this description for it:
A young boy named Mahito
yearning for his mother
ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead.
There, death comes to an end,
and life finds a new beginning.
A semi-autobiographical fantasy
about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship,
from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.
Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years, The Boy and the Heron is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award®-winning director. Produced by Studio Ghibli co-founder Toshio Suzuki, the film features a musical score from Miyazaki’s long-time collaborator Joe Hisaishi. The theme song for the film “Spinning Globe” was penned and performed by global J-pop superstar Kenshi Yonezu.
Tickets are available for pre-order and can be purchased through the GKIDS site.
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