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The Boy and the Heron Film Gets Animated Music Video


The official YouTube channel for singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu began streaming a music video for Hayao Miyazaki‘s latest feature film (, or literally How Do You Live?), featuring Yonezu’s “Chikyūgi” (Spinning Globe) theme song for the. The video includes an English translation of the lyrics in subtitles. Keiichi Itagaki, who has produced trailers for Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli since in 1984, produced the music video.

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Image courtesy of GKIDS

GKIDS licensed the film, and will release it in North American theaters on December 8, with preview engagements on November 22. Screenings will include the English dub alongside screenings with Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The film had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as the event’s opening film on September 7 at Roy Thomson Hall. This marked the first time the festival opened with an animated film as well as the first time for a Japanese film. The San Sebastian Film Festival (SSIFF) screened the European premiere in Donostia-San Sebastián’s Kursaal Auditorium in Spain on September 22 after the event’s opening gala. This marked Miyazaki’s fourth film to screen at SSIFF, and the first time his film participated at the event’s Official Selection. The festival honored Miyazaki with the Donostia Award for career achievement. The film opened the 2023 Animation Is Film Festival, which ran at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese 6 Theatres from October 18 to October 22. The Independent Film Festival Boston screened the film on October 23. The Miami Film Festival’s Gems 2023 event will screen the film will on November 4 at 4: 30 p.m. EDT at Silverspot Cinema 12.

The film opened in Japan on July 14, and sold 1.003 million tickets and earned about US$13.2 million in its first three days in Japan. The film sold 1.353 million tickets and earned 2.149 billion yen (about US$15.53 million) in its Friday-Monday long weekend (July 17 was the Marine Day holiday in Japan). has earned a cumulative total of 8,333,397,800 yen (about US$55.60 million). It is the #74 highest-grossing film ever in Japan.

The film is the first Studio Ghibli film to get a simultaneous IMAX release. The film is also screening in Dolby Atmos, Dolby Cinema, and DTS:X.

Miyazaki is credited with the original work, in addition to directing the film and writing the script. Joe Hisaishi (, , ) composed the music. Kenshi Yonezu (, , ) performs the theme song “Chikyūgi” (Globe).

Sources: Kenshi Yonezu‘s YouTube channel, Comic Natalie


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