2023 (Japan) (Adventure, Animation, Fantasy)
English Dub Cast: Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Gemma Chan, Willem Dafoe, Karen Fukuhara, Mark Hamill, Robert Pattinson and Florence Pu
Directed By: Hayao Miyazaki
Boasting incredible animation and a satisfying story, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Boy and the Heron delivers more of the excellence that audiences expect.
After 10 years in retirement, Hayao Miyazaki has given us this complex, beautiful, deeply imaginative, and many-layered animated film following in the footsteps of Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.
After losing his mother during the war, young Mahito moves to his family’s estate in the countryside. There, a series of mysterious events lead him to a secluded and ancient tower, home to a mischievous gray heron. When Mahito’s new stepmother disappears, he follows the gray heron into the tower and enters a fantastic world shared by the living and the dead. As he embarks on an epic journey with the heron as his guide, Mahito must uncover the secrets of this world and the truth about himself.
The Boy and the Heron soulfully explores thought-provoking themes and is yet again, another Miyazaki masterpiece.