Set during World War II, the film is described as “a semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship” and follows the story of Mahito, a young boy attempting to come to terms with the death of his mother. After relocating with his father, he discovers a world “shared by the living and the dead,” where “death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning.”
The movie is Miyazaki’s first feature in 10 years and marks his last ever film. It previously premiered in Japan and will make its premiere in the West at the Toronto International Film Festival before making its worldwide premiere on December 8.
Watch the trailer for The Boy and the Heron above.
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