Hayao Miyazaki’s Final Movie Rules Japan Box Office With $26M


Hayao Miyazaki’s final movie How Do You Live has earned $26M in Japan so far.

It looks like Miyazaki had nothing to fret about. The renowned director emerged from retirement a few years ago to work on a highly anticipated new film titled How Do You Live. At long last, Japanese audiences had the opportunity to watch this hush-hush masterpiece. Now, Studio Ghibli can now celebrate the film’s success at the box office, as it has been met with great acclaim and achievement.

The film, which drew attention due to its unorthodox advertising, which did not provide any trailers or cast information, much alone a plot summary, was shown in 441 theatres around the country. The film grossed $11.3 million USD (or 1.56 billion Yen) in its first weekend. This implies that How Do You Live has the second biggest opening weekend of any Studio Ghibli film in Japan.


Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has a “unusual publicity policy” for Ghibli works at this point, “not revealing the contents of the movie in advance,” and when it is released, just the cast and theme song would be disclosed.

Souma Yamatoki voices the main character, with Masaki Suda, Kou Shibasaki, Aimyon, Yoshino Kimura, Takuya Kimura (special appearance), Keiko Takeshita, Jun Fubuki, Sawako Agawa, Karen Takizawa, and Shinobura Otake also appearing.

Hayao Miyazaki’s final movie How Do You Live is set to grace American theaters later this year, as GKIDS has secured the rights for an English release under the title The Boy and the Heron for overseas audiences. While the precise release date is yet to be confirmed, fans can eagerly anticipate the movie’s arrival on the big screen.



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