‘How Do You Live’ Renames As ‘The Boy And The Heron’; All You Need To Know
Renowned filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, known for his masterpieces like The Wind Rises, has made a comeback after a decade of retirement. His latest creation, previously titled “Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka” (How Do You Live?), was released in Japanese theaters on Friday. However, for North American audiences, the film will be known as “The Boy and the Heron.” Here’s all you need to know about Miyazaki’s highly anticipated and possibly final film.
Miyazaki’s Return to Hand-Drawn Animation
“The Boy and the Heron” is both written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and follows his signature hand-drawn animation style. This sets it apart from the recent Studio Ghibli release, “Earwig and the Witch,” which was directed by his son Gorō Miyazaki using 3D animation. Fans can expect the timeless charm and artistry that has become synonymous with Miyazaki’s works.
Collaboration with Joe Hisaishi
The film also reunites Miyazaki with his long-time collaborator, Joe Hisaishi, who will compose an original score for “The Boy and the Heron.” Hisaishi’s enchanting music has become an integral part of the Studio Ghibli experience, and fans can look forward to another captivating soundtrack.
Limited Pre-Release Information
Unlike previous Studio Ghibli films, very little information has been revealed to the public about “The Boy and the Heron” ahead of its release. Studio Ghibli has taken an unprecedented approach by withholding images, trailers, synopses, and marketing materials. This mysterious strategy aims to build anticipation and preserve the element of surprise for audiences.
A Glimpse into the Film
Only a single image from the film has been released so far, leaving fans speculating about its themes and narrative. The image depicts what appears to be a bird, possibly a heron or a human wearing a bird costume. Considering the titles, it is likely that the film will explore Miyazaki’s trademark themes, such as the relationship between humans and nature, possibly featuring a talking animal.
An Original Story by Miyazaki
Although the film was initially believed to be an adaptation of Genzaburo Yoshino’s 1937 novel “How Do You Live?,” GKids, the American distributor, clarified that it is an original story created by Miyazaki himself. While the novel served as inspiration, Miyazaki crafted a unique narrative for the film. Early details indicate that it is a grand and fantastical tale, underscoring the immense effort and dedication poured into its creation.
Hayao Miyazaki’s highly anticipated film, “The Boy and the Heron,” formerly known as “How Do You Live?,” marks the filmmaker’s return from retirement. Hand-drawn and accompanied by Joe Hisaishi’s evocative score, the film promises to captivate audiences with its artistry and storytelling. With limited information available, viewers will have to experience Miyazaki’s final work firsthand to uncover its mysteries and immerse themselves in another enchanting Studio Ghibli masterpiece.