Studio Ghibli, the renowned animation powerhouse, has once again made headlines with its latest release, "How Do You Live?" Directed by the iconic Hayao Miyazaki, the film has earned the distinction of being the most expensive production in the history of Japanese cinema. The animated masterpiece, which took nearly seven years to complete, raked in an impressive $430 million within its first month of release in Japan.
Remarkably, the film was introduced to the Japanese audience without any promotional materials, a bold move that showcased Ghibli's confidence in its content.
The narrative is set against the backdrop of World War II England and follows the adventures of a young boy named Mahito. After a tragic loss, Mahito discovers a magical realm, embarking on a transformative journey of self-discovery.
Producer Toshio Suzuki, in a candid interview, revealed that the film's budget surpassed that of any other Japanese movie, including the previous record-holder, "The Tale of Princess Kaguya." While the exact production cost remains undisclosed, Suzuki's comments hint at a groundbreaking figure. The film is not just a cinematic marvel but also a heartfelt gift from Miyazaki to his grandson, symbolizing the legacy he wishes to leave behind.
With its U.S. premiere slated for the New York Film Festival, anticipation is high. Will "How Do You Live?" set new global records? Only time will tell.