The Boy and the Heron
The Boy and the Heron The Boy and the Heron

Experience it in IMAX®
December 4
Early Access Fan Event
December 6
In Theatres Nationwide
December 8


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.

English Cast

Shoichi Maki Christian Bale
The Parakeet King Dave Bautista
Natsuko Gemma Chan
Noble Pelican Willem Dafoe
Lady Himi Karen Fukuhara
Granduncle Mark Hamill
Gray Heron Robert Pattinson
Kiriko Florence Pugh
Mahito Maki Luca Padovan
The Parakeets Mamoudou Athie
Tony Revolori
Dan Stevens

Japanese Cast

Mahito Maki Soma Santoki
Gray Heron Masaki Suda
Kiriko Ko Shibasaki
Lady Himi AIMYON
Natsuko Yoshino Kimura
Shoichi Maki Takuya Kimura
Izumi Keiko Takeshita
Utako Jun Fubuki
Eriko Sawako Agawa
Warawara Karen Takizawa
Aiko Shinobu Otake
The Parakeet King Jun Kunimura
Noble Pelican Kaoru Kobayashi
Granduncle Shohei Hino

Available Screenings


Photo by Nicolas Guérin

Hayao Miyazaki Writer, Director

Born in 1941 in Tokyo, Japan. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 with Isao Takahata. Among his eleven animated features, Spirited Away (2001) broke every box office record in Japan, and won the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2002 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature Film. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) received the Osella Award at the 2004 Venice International Film Festival. Miyazaki was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival. The Wind Rises (2013) was nominated for the 2013 Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. In 2014, the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented him with an Honorary Oscar® for Lifetime Achievement.

Photo by Kazuhei Kimura

Kenshi Yonezu Theme Song

After posting a series of Vocaloid tracks under the moniker Hachi, Kenshi Yonezu distinguished himself from the crowd with remarkable results. He later began releasing material under his real name Kenshi Yonezu, in 2012. He has since gained wide-known recognition as a multi-talented creative, not only for his music but also for his album cover illustrations and music productions. “KICK BACK,” the opening theme to the anime series ​Chainsaw Man​, entered Spotify's Global Top 50, a first-ever by a Japanese artist. In 2023, Yonezu wrote “LADY” for the TV commercial of “Georgia” coffee product line, followed by “Moongazing,” as the theme song of the action role-playing game ​FINAL FANTASY XVI​. Written and performed by Kenshi Yonezu, “Spinning Globe” is the theme song for Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron.

Listen to the track below or at your preferred streaming service here.

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