The Boy and the Heron

The Boy and the Heron

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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.”

  • Starring: Robert Pattinson, Christian Bale, Dave Bautista, Florence Pugh, Gemma Chan, Mark Hamill

  • Director: Hayao Miyazaki

  • Writer: Hayao Miyazaki

  • Running Time: 124 minutes

  • Certificate: 12A

  • Language: English

  • Genre: Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Drama

  • Country: Japan



GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER 2024 - Best Animated Feature

The Boy And The Heron is not only a victory lap for a filmmaker long regarded as one of the greatest of all time. It’s also thrillingly adventurous, spikily funny, and beautifully crafted, a feast for the eyes, mind, heart and soul.” 
★★★★★ Ben Travis, Empire Magazine

“In its giddy resistance to being pinned down, it reminds you of Miyazaki himself: the stern traditionalist still delightedly pushing back the bounds of his craft.” 
★★★★★ Robbie Collins, Daily Telegraph

“There are flashes of Hitchcock, 2001: A Space Odyssey and even Back to the Future, and while the director’s films can be earnest, it’s often very funny.” 
★★★★ Ed Potton, Times (UK)

“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.” 
★★★★★ Caryn James, BBC