Hayao Miyazaki’s “How Do You Live” Gets a New Title Ahead of US Theatrical Release

After successfully acquiring the North American theatrical distribution rights Hayao Miyazakis How Do You Live, GKIDS has announced that Studio Ghibli’s upcoming animated film will get a brand new title. Miyazaki’s directorial comeback is set to hit US theaters later this year and will be titled ” The boy and the heron.

After successfully acquiring the North American theatrical distribution rights Hayao Miyazakis How Do You Live, GKIDS has announced that Studio Ghibli’s upcoming animated film will get a brand new title. Miyazaki’s directorial comeback is set to hit US theaters later this year and will be titled ” The boy and the heron.

“Hayao Miyazaki is a living legend of filmmaking, as evidenced by his Oscar win for Spirited Away and his two Academy Award nominations for Howl’s Moving Castle and The Wind Rises,” GKIDS President David Jesteadt said in a statement. “It has been ten years since the world saw a new Miyazaki-san film and GKIDS is so proud and honored to unveil its latest highly anticipated masterpiece in North America.”

What can you expect from Hayao Miyazaki’s next Studio Ghibli film?

Producer Suzuki Toshio confirmed that despite sharing the same title, Miyazaki’s How Do You Live will not be based on GenzaburĊ Yoshino’s 1937 Japanese coming-of-age story. The novel is one of Miyazaki’s favorite books, which is why it was initially assumed to be the source material for the film. However, Suzuki confirmed that the film will feature an original story instead. In a previous interview, Toshio Suzuki, CEO of Studio Ghibli, described the project as a “big, fantastic film” that involved 60 animators.

This is Studio Ghibli’s first film release without any marketing whatsoever. Although Suzuki is confident that this new release strategy will generate more audience interest, Miyazaki recently expressed concern over the consequences of the film’s lack of trailers, posters, synopsis and other promotional content.

Miyazaki is best known for directing both moving and classic animated films, including My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo. Fans can now celebrate his films at Studio Ghibli’s recently opened theme park, which features attractions and rides inspired by Miyazaki’s work.