Despite its theatrical premiere on July 14, “How Do You Live,” the highly anticipated film by Hayao Miyazaki, has surprisingly received no promotional efforts. This revelation came to light during a recent interview with Toshio Suzuki, the film’s producer and one of the co-founders of Studio Ghibli alongside Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.
According to the interview conducted by Bunshun editor Manabu Shintani, it has been confirmed that the previously-released teaser visual for “How Do You Live” will be the sole promotional material for the film. As a result, there will be no trailers or any other promotional efforts or events.
“How Do You Live” has been widely reported as Hayao Miyazaki’s “last work,” as he ended his retirement in 2016 to embark on this project. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Yoshino Genzaburo, which was initially published in 1937. Following World War II, the novel was republished in 1945 by Mira-sha Publishers.
How Do You Live? is narrated in two voices. The first belongs to Copper, fifteen, who after the death of his father must confront inevitable and enormous change, including his own betrayal of his best friend. In between episodes of Copper’s emerging story, his uncle writes to him in a journal, sharing knowledge and offering advice on life’s big questions as Copper begins to encounter them. Over the course of the story, Copper, like his namesake Copernicus, looks to the stars, and uses his discoveries about the heavens, earth, and human nature to answer the question of how he will live.
Hayao Miyazaki is a renowned Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter, and producer. He was born on January 5, 1941, in Tokyo, Japan. Miyazaki is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a highly acclaimed animation studio known for its visually stunning and emotionally resonant films.
Throughout his career, Miyazaki has created numerous beloved and critically acclaimed animated films that have garnered worldwide recognition. Some of his most famous works include “My Neighbor Totoro,” “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.” His films often explore themes of nature, environmentalism, coming-of-age, and the resilience of the human spirit.
Miyazaki’s unique storytelling style, attention to detail, and beautiful hand-drawn animation have made him a revered figure in the world of animation. He has received numerous awards and accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for “Spirited Away.”
Despite announcing his retirement multiple times, Miyazaki has returned to filmmaking, driven by his passion for storytelling and the desire to create meaningful and imaginative works of art. His films continue to inspire and captivate audiences of all ages around the globe.