The Boy and the Heron

Where death comes to an end, life finds a new beginning

The Boy and the Heron

Released · Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother's tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy's mother. As he tries to adjust, this strange new world grows even stranger following the appearance of a persistent gray heron, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the "long-awaited one."

  • 7.7 /10
  • Soma Santoki

    Soma Santoki Mahito Maki (voice)

  • Masaki Suda

    Masaki Suda Gray Heron (voice)

  • Ko Shibasaki

    Ko Shibasaki Kiriko (voice)

  • Aimyon

    Aimyon Lady Himi (voice)

  • Yoshino Kimura

    Yoshino Kimura Natsuko (voice)

  • Takuya Kimura

    Takuya Kimura Shoichi Maki (voice)

  • Keiko Takeshita

    Keiko Takeshita Izumi (voice)

  • Jun Fubuki

    Jun Fubuki Utako (voice)

  • Sawako Agawa

    Sawako Agawa Eriko (voice)

  • Karen Takizawa

    Karen Takizawa Warawara (voice)

  • Shinobu Otake

    Shinobu Otake Aiko (voice)

  • Jun Kunimura

    Jun Kunimura The Parakeet King (voice)

  • Kaoru Kobayashi

    Kaoru Kobayashi Noble Pelican (voice)

  • Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki Director
  • Hayao MiyazakiHayao Miyazaki Writer
Wide release
July 14, 2023 (7 months ago)
2h 4m
Max position
9 · December 24, 2023 (1 month and 29 days ago)
83 days in the Top 50