It was confirmed last year that legendary director Hayao Miyazaki would be returning to filmmaking for the first time since 2013’s The Wind Rises, and now Studio Ghibli’s official Twitter account has revealed that How Do You Live? will be released in Japan on July 14, 2023.
The new feature film from director Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli has been announced! HOW DO YOU LIVE (tentative title) opens in theaters in Japan on July 14, 2023. https://t.co/fHnLM6epTS
— Studio Ghibli (@GhibliUSA) December 13, 2022
Alongside the release date Ghibli also posted the first piece of artwork from How Do You Live? which has also been credited to the 81-year old director who is behind the likes of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle.
Miyazaki has been working on the film since 2016, writing the script based on Genzaburō Yoshino’s 1937 book Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka (a.k.a. How Do You Live?). Cited as his favourite childhood novel, according to Goodreads synopsis How Do You Live? is a story narrated in two voices. The first belongs to Copper, fifteen, who after the death of his father must confront inevitable and enormous change, including his own betrayal of his best friend. In between episodes of Copper’s emerging story, his uncle writes to him in a journal, sharing knowledge and offering advice on life’s big questions as Copper begins to encounter them. Over the course of the story, Copper, like his namesake Copernicus, looks to the stars, and uses his discoveries about the heavens, earth, and human nature to answer the question of how he will live.
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