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Much-Anticipated Hayao Miyazaki Final Movie Changes Its American Title

The new movie by Japanese cartoon master Miyazaki has been bought by U.S.-based distributor Gkids. Hayao Miyazaki final movie changes its American title will be called "The Boy and the Heron." The much-anticipated movie, "Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka" (which means "How Do You Live"), came out in Japanese cinemas earlier on Friday.

William Willis
Jul 19, 202344172 Shares605092 Views
The new movie by Japanese cartoon master Miyazaki has been bought by U.S.-based distributor Gkids. Hayao Miyazaki final movie changes its American titlewill be called "The Boy and the Heron." The much-anticipated movie, "Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka" (which means "How Do You Live"), came out in Japanese cinemas earlier on Friday. Studio Ghibli has done something that has never been done before: they haven't released any images, trailers, synopses, ads, or other details about the movie before it comes out in Japan.

Hayao Miyazaki Final Movie Changes Its American Title

(Animax) Hayao Miyazaki's Next Film “How Do You Live” Coming in 2023

Hayao Miyazaki came out of retirement ten years after The Wind Rises when he made The Wind Rises. Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka is the name of his latest (and maybe last) movie, which came out in Japanese theaters on Friday. That means "How Do You Live?" in English, but in North America, the title will be different. GKids, an American company that sells animated movies like those made by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli, said that the title will be called The Boy and the Heron in North America.
Miyazaki wrote and directed The Boy and the Heron. Like all of his other movies, it will be hand-drawn, unlike the most recent Studio Ghibli movie, Earwig and the Witch, which was directed by his son Gor Miyazaki and used 3D animation. Joe Hisaishi, who has worked with Miyazaki for a long time, will write an original score for the new movie. GKids will put it out later this year in North America.
The long-awaited movie came out in Japan on Friday, making fans in other countries sad that they have to wait to see it. Miyazaki said he was done making movies 10 years ago when he released The Wind Rises, which was nominated for an Oscar. But it looks like How Do You Live? really is the end of an amazing career. The fact that Ghibli only released one poster and no trailers or synopses of the story says that Miyazaki really wants this to be a big deal; he's going out with a vague bang.
There are a few things that are annoying about the title change. How Do You Live? is based on a Japanese book written in 1937 with the same name. It also fits with the mystery nature of the movie: "How do we live?" It's an existential question with solutions that are out of this world, just like we expect the movie to be. On the other hand, The Boy and the Heron seem to come out of nowhere. At the same time, it tells us more about the movie than its image does: This is about a boy and a heron.
Miyazaki wrote and directed the hand-drawn movie. It was produced by the Oscar-winning Studio Ghibli co-founder Suzuki Toshio, and Joe Hisaishi, who has worked with Miyazaki for a long time, composed the music.
Miyazaki's directorial debut came in 1979 with the film "The Castle of Cagliostro," which showcased his unique storytelling style and visual aesthetic. However, it was his collaboration with Isao Takahata on the 1984 film "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" that laid the foundation for his future success. The film's critical acclaim led to the establishment of Studio Ghibli, an animation studio Miyazaki co-founded with Takahata and producer Toshio Suzuki.
Throughout his career, Miyazaki has directed and co-directed several iconic animated films, many of which have become beloved classics worldwide. His works often explore themes of environmentalism, humanity's relationship with nature, and the resilience of young protagonists. Notable films from Miyazaki include "My Neighbor Totoro" (1988), "Princess Mononoke" (1997), and "Spirited Away" (2001).
"Spirited Away" holds a special place in Miyazaki's career as it became a global phenomenon and the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, earning him an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003. The film's success helped solidify Miyazaki's reputation as a master storyteller and further raised the international profile of Studio Ghibli.
Miyazaki's attention to detail, stunning visuals, and complex narratives have earned him widespread acclaim and a dedicated fan base. His films often blend elements of fantasy and realism, captivating audiences of all ages. Miyazaki is known for his hand-drawn animation style, which he insists on preserving in an era dominated by computer-generated imagery (CGI).
Despite announcing his retirement on multiple occasions, Miyazaki has continued to create new works. His retirement plans were put on hold as he returned to direct "Ponyo" (2008) and "The Wind Rises" (2013). Miyazaki's dedication to his craft and his passion for storytelling continues to inspire generations of animators and filmmakers around the world.
Miyazaki was also given a special award at the Governors Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2014. When the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opened in September 2021, a special show was set up to honor his work.

Conclusion

Gkids, which sells the other Studio Ghibli movies in North America, has bought the rights to Hayao Miyazaki's last movie. It used to be called How Do You Live (Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka), but it will be called The Boy and the Heron when it comes out.
Since the movie was announced, there have been a lot of questions about it. Miyazaki, who is known all over the world for his original and unique art and way of telling stories, chose not to release any trailers, synopses, or ads. He did nothing but drop a cover.
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