The Boy and the Heron Behind the Scenes Documentary to be Released On July 3!

A documentary giving behind-the-scenes insights into legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron is set to be released in Japan on July 3!

Titled Hayao Miyazaki to Aosagi to... ~Kimi tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka, the documentary was originally broadcast by NHK in December 12 as part of the Professionals documentary series. The DVD and Blu-ray release is a re-edited piece that includes previously unreleased footage.

The documentary will be released alongside The Boy and the Heron's Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD versions, as well as a collection of every single theatrical film directed by Miyazaki. Each film has been HD remastered, and his 1995 music video for "On Your Mark" is also included as a bonus.

Featuring music by Joe Hisaishi, the film premiered in Japan on July 14, 2023, without any traditional publicity, leaving fans with only an official poster. It then made its international premiere on September 7 of the same year at the Toronto International Film Festival, going on to win Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli their second Oscar.

Soma Santoki stars as Mahito Maki alongside Masaki Suda as the Grey Heron and Aimyon as Himi.

For the English dub, Luca Padovan stars as Mahito alongside Christian Bale as Shoichi, Dave Bautista as the Parakeet King, and Gemma Chan as Natsuko.

Hayao Miyazaki to Aosagi to... ~Kimi tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka will be on sale in Japan from July 3, 2024, for 5,170 yen (Blu-ray, tax included) and 4,180 yen (DVD, tax included).

(C)2024 NHK(C)2023 Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli
Adapted with permission from Anime!Anime!


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