The Boy and the Heron

classified 12A S

Please note: This was screened in Feb 2024

Hayao Miyazaki
Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Takuya Kimura
124 mins, Subtitled, 2023, Japan
Primary language

The semi-autobiographical animation by proclaimed Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki.

Set in 1943, a young boy named Mahito yearns for his mother after a bomb claimed her life. After moving from the city to the countryside, Mahito ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning.

Miayazaki's latest (and no longer final) film delves into themes of life, death and creation. It's an overwhelming fantasy that, like many of his films, considers the importance of friendship.

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