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The Boy and the Heron

Opens on December 8

Director: Hayao Miyazaki Run Time: 124 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2023 Language: Japanese, English

Starring: Aimyon, Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Ko Shibasaki, Masaki Suda, Soma Santoki, Takuya Kimura, Willem Dafoe

While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother’s tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy’s mother. As he tries to adjust, this strange new world grows even stranger following the appearance of a persistent gray heron, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the “long-awaited one.”

“The Boy and the Heron may or may not be Miyazaki’s final movie, but either way, it’s a staggering addition to one of animation’s most totemic filmographies.” ~ David Sims, The Atlantic

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