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Studio Ghibli’s “The Boy and the Heron” Unveils Stills and All-Star Cast

Studio Ghibli, the renowned animation studio, has offered fans a sneak peek into its latest creation, “The Boy and the Heron.” Directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and featuring enchanting music by Joe Hisaishi, the film made its debut in Japan on July 14, opting for a unique premiere strategy without traditional publicity.


The unveiling of the first stills provides a glimpse into the visual aesthetics of the film, teasing the magical world that Miyazaki is known for creating. The cast list adds another layer of excitement, featuring a stellar lineup of talent.

Soma Santoki takes on the lead role as Mahito Maki, supported by Masaki Suda as the Grey Heron and Aimyon as Himi. The ensemble cast includes Yoshino Kimura as Natsuko, Shohei Hino as the Great-Uncle, Ko Shibasaki as Kiriko, Takuya Kimura as Shoichi Maki, Jun Kunimura as The Parakeet King, and Kaoru Kobayashi as the Dying Pelican. The film also introduces Karen Takizawa, Keiko Takeshita, Jun Fubuki, Sawako Agawa, and Shinobu Otake in various roles.

Despite its unconventional premiere strategy in Japan, “The Boy and the Heron” is gaining international attention. Following its debut, the film is set to be screened at prestigious film festivals, including the 71st San Sebastián International Film Festival and the 2023 New York Film Festival. The international journey began on September 7 at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival.

As Studio Ghibli continues to captivate audiences worldwide, “The Boy and the Heron” adds another chapter to the studio’s illustrious legacy. Fans eagerly await the opportunity to immerse themselves in Miyazaki’s storytelling prowess and Hisaishi’s evocative musical compositions, expecting nothing short of a cinematic masterpiece.

Studio Ghibli’s reputation for crafting emotionally resonant narratives and visually stunning worlds has solidified its place in the hearts of global audiences. “The Boy and the Heron” is poised to uphold this tradition, with Hayao Miyazaki at the helm, infusing his distinctive touch into every frame. The collaboration with Joe Hisaishi, a longtime collaborator known for his evocative and enchanting musical scores, heightens the anticipation for a cinematic experience that transcends storytelling boundaries.

The film’s unique premiere approach in Japan, eschewing traditional publicity, only adds to the air of mystery and excitement surrounding its international release. As “The Boy and the Heron” makes its way to esteemed film festivals, including the San Sebastián International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, audiences worldwide can anticipate an immersive journey into a world where magic, wonder, and profound storytelling converge. Studio Ghibli’s latest creation promises to be a testament to the enduring power of animation as a medium for crafting timeless tales that resonate across cultures and generations.