In a dazzling display of artistic prowess, Studio Ghibli, under the guidance of the visionary Hayao Miyazaki, has once again shattered records and redefined the world of animation with the release of “How Do You Live?” This animated masterpiece has achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the most expensive production in the annals of Japanese cinema.
Seven years in the making, “How Do You Live?” stormed the box office, amassing a staggering $430 million in just its first month since its Japanese debut. What sets this achievement apart is that the film was introduced to audiences without the customary fanfare of promotional materials. Instead, it relied solely on Studio Ghibli’s illustrious reputation and signature animation style to draw viewers into its enchanting narrative.
Based on a 1937 novel of the same name, the film unfolds in the backdrop of World War II-era England. It traces the odyssey of young Mahito, who embarks on a spellbinding adventure following a tragic fire that claims his mother’s life. The story seamlessly melds fantasy and self-discovery, a hallmark of Studio Ghibli’s storytelling prowess.
Producer Toshio Suzuki divulged that “How Do You Live?” is very likely the most lavishly funded production ever seen in Japanese cinema, surpassing the previous record held by “The Tale of Princess Kaguya.” While the exact production cost remains shrouded in mystery, Suzuki underscored the film’s seven-year gestation period, highlighting the studio’s unwavering dedication to crafting a cinematic masterpiece without constraints.
As the U.S. eagerly awaits the premiere of “How Do You Live?” later this year, courtesy of Studio Ghibli’s collaboration with GKIDS, cinephiles and animation enthusiasts worldwide can’t help but marvel at this film, not just as a cinematic gem, but as a poignant legacy from Miyazaki to his grandson and the world.
Source: Anime Senpai