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The Boy and the Heron


Year: 2023 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: It is expected that this film is fully subtitled. 
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki 
Starring: Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Kô Shibasaki  
An image from The Boy and the Heron


Miyazaki returns, the man just cannot rest, and it’s a good thing too (I need not mention the absolute catastrophe that was Earwig and the Witch), because we’re not tired of him yet. The Boy and The Heron follows the character of Mahito, a 12-year-old boy, who, after losing his mother, embarks on a journey through a world inhabited by the living and the dead, guided by a mysterious and intimidating grey heron. The film is semi-autobiographical and partly based on Miyazaki’s own life and experiences during and after the second world war. A deeply personal and emotional film with classic Ghibli depictions of spirits and mystical creatures, The Boy and the Heron has an element of Spirited Away about it, the Oscar winning 2001 film that made Miyazaki an internationally recognised name. Miyazaki’s passion and love for animation provides all the heart in his films and is no doubt the reason why the man just won’t quit - The Boy and the Heron marks the 4th film he’s directed after he initially intended to retire in 2002, after the release of Spirited Away

Marnie McCrudden

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Screenings of this film:

2023/2024 Spring Term (digital)
2023/2024 Spring Term (digital)