See a subtitled version of The Boy and the Heron.

  • Director

    Hayao Miyazaki

  • Japan 2023. 124m

  • Digital

  • Certificate


Young Mahito lives with his parents in 1940s Tokyo. When tragedy strikes, he travels with his father to the countryside, where he struggles to fit in. He’s also pestered by a strange heron. The revelation that the bird has the ability to speak sets Mahito off on an adventure, travelling to a magical world – a place that allows him to confront his emotions. Miyazaki’s return to feature filmmaking is a vibrant, colourful and moving masterpiece.

Audio Description available.

Descriptive subtitles of non-dialogue audio available with this screening.

Funday Workshop: The Boy and the Heron

Sunday 14 April 10:15 BFI Foyer

Come along to our The Boy and the Heron themed, drop-in workshop in the main foyer and take part in different activities.

Free to ticket holders of the Funday screening.

Films and events for families