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GKIDS acquires North American rights to Hayao Miyazaki’s THE BOY AND THE HERON

Animation producer and distributor GKIDS announced Friday the acquisition of North American distribution rights Boy and Heronthe new film from Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki.

Released in Japan as Kimitachi wa Do Ikirukatranslated as How do you live?the film is an original story written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, a 2001 director Spirit away1997 Princess Mononoke, 2004 Howl’s Moving Castle, and 1988 My neighbor Totoro.

GKIDS will release Boy and Heron theatrically in North America later this year. The all-rights deal marks a continuation of GKIDS’ long-standing relationship with Japan’s Studio Ghibli.

The hand-drawn animated feature film — Miyazaki’s first feature film in 10 years — opens exclusively in Japanese theaters this weekend.

In an unprecedented decision by Studio Ghibli, no images, trailers, synopses, advertisements or other information about the film have been made available to the public before its theatrical release in Japan. In accordance with this policy, GKIDS will not publish further details or marketing materials at this time.

“Hayao Miyazaki is a living legend in cinema, as evidenced by his Oscar win Spirit away and his two Oscar nominations Howl’s Moving Castle AND The wind wakes up”, GKIDS President David Jesteadt said in a press release. “It’s been 10 years since the world saw a new film from Miyazaki-san, and GKIDS is so proud and honored to unveil his latest, highly anticipated masterpiece in North America.”

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