The new film by legendary anime director Hayao Miyazaki will be released by Studio Ghibli in the summer of next year. With the working title How Do You Live (“Kimi-tachi wa Dou Ikiroka“), the film is scheduled for a July 14, 2023 premiere in Japan.
Little is known about the new film’s content, but Studio Ghibli released the first poster illustration for How Do you Live via its official social media accounts. Check out the poster below.
The poster shows a sketch of a bird-like creature. Something seems “off” about the creature’s design, though, as there appears to be another set of eyes peeking out from beneath the bird’s beak, as if something were wearing the bird as an outfit.
Miyazaki initially retired after completing 2013’s The Wind Rises, but returned to Studio Ghibli in 2016 to work on How Do You Live. Producer Toshio Suzuki said that in beginning the project, he intended to dedicate “one last film” to his grandson. How Do You Live is touted as a new and original story by Hayao Miyazaki, but is inspired by the the 1937 novel of the same title by author Genzaburo Yoshino. Miyazaki previously said that the book was personally important to him, and will play a role in the life of the protagonist of the film. The book’s story follows a teenager named Copper, grappling with the loss of his father, beginning to ask questions about life. In trying for find answers, he explores pre-war Japan on his bike, making discoveries about what matters most in life. How Do You Live? was released in English by Algonquin Books in 2021.
How Do You Live premieres in Japan on July 14, 2023. An international release date has not yet been announced.