The Boy and the Heron
Hop Film

The Boy and the Heron

February 02 - 03, 2024

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

Hayao Miyazaki delivers the perfect coda to his illustrious career with a stunning animated adventure starring a grieving teen searching for his mother in a magical world.

23/24 Hop Film

THE BOY AND THE HERON | Official English Trailer


Perhaps more than any other filmmaker alive today, master animator Hayao Miyazaki has been able to transport audiences to dreamlike worlds that have a distinctive, hand-crafted look and strange logic of their own. Yet, they speak to audiences everywhere because their main characters experience the full spectrum of emotions and experiences. The lead characters of the director's 12 movies, which include the Oscar-winning Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke stumble upon ethereal worlds and supernatural characters, but they are bound by human feelings of joy, love, fear and grief.

Boy, Miyazaki's first film in a decade, centers on a young Mahito, who encounters magical creatures and talking animals in a surreal world. Having lost his mother in a hospital fire in Tokyo, Mahito has a tough time adjusting to life with his father's new wife—his mother's younger sister—and their new home in the countryside. A heartfelt depiction of resilience in the face of conflict and grief, Boy is a gentle call to find friends and trusted allies, to move forward and bring humanity and understanding to the world.

The English voice cast stars Christian Bale, Florence Pugh, Willem Dafoe, Dave Bautista, Mark Hamill and Robert Pattinson.

Hayao Miyazaki, Japan, dubbed in English (2/2) or subtitled (2/3), 2023, 2h4m

Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature

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