Hayao Miyazaki's comeback film 'The Boy and the Heron' pushed to January 2024

Kristofer Purnell - Philstar.com
Hayao Miyazaki's comeback film 'The Boy and the Heron' pushed to January 2024
A scene from Hayao Miyazaki's "The Boy and the Heron."
Studio Ghibli

MANILA, Philippines — Studio Ghibli's "The Boy and the Heron," legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki's first feature film in a decade, is now slated to come out in the Philippines on January 8, 2024.

The film was initially set to screen last November 29 but was taken off the Philippine release calender earlier this month.

"The Boy and the Heron" will now be released after the conclusion of the 49th Metro Manila Film Festival, which runs from Christmas Day to January 7.

Miyazaki's newest movie follows young Maki in the middle of World War II who discovers an abandoned tower in his new town after the death of his mother and enters a fantastical world with a talking grey heron.

The film is loosely based on the 1937 Genzaburo Yoshino "How Do You Live," the movie's original title in Japan, and inspired by Miyazaki's experiences after the war and losing his own mother.

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The original cast of the animated film was led by Soma Santoki as Mahito Maki and actor-singer Masaki Suda as the Grey Heron.

The English dub features young actor Luca Padovan voicing Maki, while British actor Robert Pattinson voices the titular heron.

Rounding up the English cast are Karen Fukuhara, Gemma Chan, Christian Bale, Mark Hamill, Florence Pugh, Willem Dafoe, Filipino-American wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista and the trio of Mamoudou Athie, Tony Revolori and Dan Stevens as the Parakeets.

Bale previously did the English dub for the titular character of Miyazaki's 2004 film "Howl's Moving Castle." Hamill was in the English-language cast of Studio Ghibli's first feature film "Castle in the Sky" by Miyazaki in 1986, while Dafoe was in the English-language cast of another Studio Ghibli film, "Tales from Earthsea," directed by Miyazaki's son, Goro.

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