The Japanese release date for Hayao Miyazaki‘s upcoming movie has been confirmed by Studio Ghibli. The film, whose working title is How Do You Live, will debut in Japanese theatres on July 14, 2023.
The studio also made available a loose charcoal and watercolour sketch that appeared to be of a bird-like creature.
When his 2016 film How Do You Live, which is an inspiration for but not a straight adaptation of Yoshino Genzaburo’s 1937 children’s novel of the same name, was released, Miyazaki had initially retired after the 2013 release of his historical epic The Wind Rises.
The book is crucial to Miyazaki and his films, he has long stated, and it appears to play a significant role in the life of the main character in the new movie. However, the movie has been referred to as a “big, fantastical story” and is an original work by Miyazaki, who authored the script. Whereas the book follows a 15-year-old in pre-war Japan as she muses about life’s major problems, the movie is based on a novel.
Miyazaki is purposefully moving slowly with How Do You Live; the first 36 minutes of hand-drawn animation took three years to complete. According to producer Toshio Suzuki, Miyazaki chose to come out of retirement so he could make one final movie for his grandchild.
The inclusion of Miyazaki’s masterpieces My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away on the Sight and Sound magazine’s list of the 100 greatest movies of all time earlier this year—the only and first-ever animated films to make the list—further solidified his position as one of the greatest animators of all time.