7.7/10 (IMDB)

The Boy and the Heron (Subtitled)

2h 04m Adventure | Animation | Drama

The Boy and the Heron (Subtitled)

Hayao Miyazaki's first feature film in 10 years, THE BOY AND THE HERON is a hand-drawn, original story written and directed by the Academy Award®-winning director.

A young boy named Mahito yearning for his mother ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning. A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki.


Hayao Miyazaki


Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Takuya Kimura









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  • "While this dream-like warble of a swan song may be too pitchy and scattered to hit with the gale-force power that made “The Wind Rises” feel like such a definitive farewell, THE BOY AND THE HERON finds Miyazaki so nakedly bidding adieu — to us, and to the crumbling kingdom of dreams and madness that he’ll soon leave behind — that it somehow resolves into an even more fitting goodbye, one graced with the divine awe and heart-stopping wistfulness of watching a true immortal make peace with their own death."
    - IndieWire
  • "THE BOY AND THE HERON is Miyazaki’s strong-willed encouragement for us to persevere. If this is, in fact, a swan song, then it’s a ravishing one because no one has the ability to distill elemental truths into vividly rendered moving paintings like Miyazaki."
    - The Playlist
  • "This may be Miyazaki's most expansive and magisterial film. If it is not the most instantly stunning, that might be because he takes the time to deliver worlds within worlds, layers under layers, to create an overwhelming experience by the end."
    - BBC
  • "It mixes the comfort and reliability of a greatest hits album with the bold visionary direction of a thrilling, experimental album from an artist at the peak of their powers. If THE BOY AND THE HERON is really the end of Miyazaki’s career, he’s gone out with a triumph."
    - The Daily Beast
  • "The film’s fantasy elements look absolutely beautiful, and they naturally include shots of the classic impossibly delicious-looking Ghibli food. But they come with a kind of wistfulness for days gone by, paired with a full, unsentimental realization that there’s no getting them back. Which all feels like a director taking one last look at his career before bowing out. How Do You Live? has all the makings of a perfect swan song."
    - Polygon


  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Vienna Int'l Film Festival
  • San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • Leiden Int'l Film Festival
  • Chicago Int'l Film Festival
  • Grand Lyon Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Film Fest Gent
  • Imagine Fantastic Film Festival