A Hayao Miyazaki film will be seen in Philippine cinemas for the first time next year. The renowned Japanese filmmaker’s animation movie “The Boy and the Heron” will open in local cinemas nationwide on January 8, 2024.

“The Boy and the Heron” follows a boy named Mahito (voiced by Soma Santoki) who enters a magical world with a talking grey heron after finding an abandoned tower in his new town. Yearning for his mother, Mahito ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead where death comes to an end and life finds a new beginning.

It is the first original anime title in history to top the North American box office at a record-breaking $12.8million. The film also earned Hayao Miyazaki his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Animated Motion Picture.

“The Boy and the Heron” will open in cinemas in the Philippines on January 8, 2024.
“The Boy and the Heron” will open in cinemas in the Philippines on January 8, 2024. Encore Films

Encore Films invites moviegoers to watch “The Boy and the Heron” and immerse themselves in “a world of magic, adventure and wonder.” “The Boy and the Heron,” according to the film company, is “a cinematic masterpiece that echoes the timeliness storytelling” of Japanese animator and Academy award winner Hayao Miyazaki.

“The Boy and the Heron” is a semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, creation and a tribute to friendship that can only come from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki, a giant in animation and international filmmaking.

Hayao Miyazaki, who co-founded Studio Ghibli, is known for his animated films such as “Spirited Away,” which won an Academy Award for Animated Feature. His other films include “Princess Mononoke,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “Ponyo,” and “The Wind Rises.”

Showing January 8 in the Philippines, “The Boy and The Heron” is an Encore Films presentation under Warner Bros. distribution. Check your favorite cinemas for the advance online ticket selling of these thrilling anime film and follow Encore Films PH on Facebook for more updates.

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