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The Boy and the Heron 4K 2023 Ultra HD 2160p

The Boy and the Heron 4K 2023 Ultra HD 2160p
Country: Japan
Time: 02:03:56
IMDB: 7.5
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Soma Santoki, Masaki Suda, Kô Shibasaki, Aimyon, Yoshino Kimura, Takuya Kimura, Keiko Takeshita, Jun Fubuki, Sawako Agawa, Karen Takizawa, Shinobu Ôtake, Jun Kunimura, Kaoru Kobayashi, Shohei Hino, Nami Uehara, Kiyoko Nishimura, Ryunosuke Watanuki, Takuya Yagyu.

Story Movie

"The Boy and the Heron" (2023) is a visually stunning animated film directed by the acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki. It follows the journey of a young boy named Mahito, who, after a tragic loss, finds solace and adventure in a mysterious world guided by a wise heron. Through magical landscapes and encounters with fantastical creatures, Mahito learns profound lessons about grief, resilience, and the power of imagination. The film beautifully blends elements of fantasy and reality, capturing the essence of human emotion and the transformative nature of loss.

Review 4K Movie

Seeing The Boy and The Heron, Hayao Miyazaki's latest movie feels almost like a monumental event in and of itself. It was announced almost as a surprise with the words "Hayao Miyazaki's last movie". With this amount of hype, including the amazing reviews it's got from critics, my hype was built up to the max. The end result? Not what I expected, and that's ok!

Let's get to the positives, the animation is STUNNING. The way Hayao Miyazaki manages to build these worlds and characters is just an amazing feat, they all come alive with the colours and the movement. Another positive is the tone of the movie, I really hate Disney for trying to market this as a kid's movie, when it's not. It's got some unnerving and scary moments and themes that are not suited for kids, which is good. Hayao Miyazaki is at his best when he manages to blend the adult with the fantastical.

The actors are always amazing, I saw the Japanese dub so I don't know how the western VAs are doing but wow; they all do a fantastic job!

Now to the negatives... a huge thing about Studio Ghibli movies in general, especially the ones from Hayao Miyazaki, is that they're always by rule driven by the characters, it's their journey that's in the front. World building and narrative always takes a second place in his movies to be able to not distract from the characters journeys, big examples of this are Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle where the world building is built by very simple and effective means and rules. But here in the Boy and The Heron the world building is so convoluted and confusing it almost feels like he wanted it to take center stage in this movie and it's such a shame because it feels at like it's at odds with it's own main character who supposedly undergoes a deep deep emotional journey but it all finishes off in a very abrupt and unfitting send-off in the end which really confused me and just didn't feel like a good payoff.

Also the way this movie introduces characters left and right with no rhyme or reason is super confusing. Once again, Hayao Miyazaki did this very minimally in his past movies where the characters get room to be explored and to leave an impact in the story but here once again it's at odds with its own world building- it all feels very haphazard and messy. The Heron is a fun character but I don't feel like he or Mahito do or learn anything from these adventures.

Now, it may sound like I hated this movie, but I didn't. It's just that I care so much about Hayao Miyazaki movies and Studio Ghibli movies that I can't help to compare them to the movies we've seen before. And despite it not being Hayao Miyazaki's best it's still pretty good, it's very much worth a watch.


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Codec: HEVC / H.265 (81.3 Mb/s)
Resolution: Upscaled 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10+
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1


#Japanese: Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
#Japanese: Dolby Digital Plus with Dolby Atmos 5.1
#English: Dolby TrueHD with Dolby Atmos 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
#English: Dolby Digital Plus with Dolby Atmos 5.1
#Spanish (Latino): Dolby Digital 5.1
#French: Dolby Digital 5.1
#Korean: Dolby Digital 5.1
#Chinese: Dolby Digital 5.1
#Chinese: Dolby Digital 5.1


English, English SDH, Arabic, Mandarin (Hans), Mandarin (Hant), Cantonese (Hant), French (FR), Japanese, Korean, Spanish (Latin America).


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