THE BOY AND THE HERON (12A)
Dir: Hayao Miyazaki | Japan | 2023 | 124 mins | Subtitled / Dubbed
Voice cast | Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Aimyon / Robert Pattinson, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Florence Pugh, Mark Hamill
Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke) returns with this exquisite animated fantasy, nominated for Best Animated Feature at the upcoming Oscars. A highly personal story, The Boy and the Heron is themed around coming-of-age and how to cope in a world marked by conflict and loss.
12-year-old Mahito struggles to settle in a new town after his mother's death during the Pacific War. When a talking grey heron informs him that she is still alive, he enters an abandoned tower in search of her and finds himself in another world.
A mature and complex masterpiece, The Boy and the Heron weaves together Miyazaki’s past, present and future. It’s a beautiful, enigmatic film and a fitting (potential) swansong.
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