How Do You Live? Film Confirmed To release in English this October

On Monday, Algonquin Young Readers announced the publication of the first English translation of Genzaburo Yoshino's novel How Do You Live? The novel was translated by Bruno Navasky, and Neil Gaiman wrote a foreword for the edition. The children's book will be available on October 26th.

HOW DO YOU LIVE? begins with fifteen-year-old Copper, who has recently suffered the loss of his father, gazing out over his hometown of Tokyo, watching the thousands of people below, and beginning to ponder life's big questions. How many people are in the world? What do their lives look like? Are humans really made of molecules? The book moves between Copper's story and his uncle's journal entries, in which he gives advice and helps Copper learn pivotal truths about the way the world works. Over the course of a year in his life, Copper, like his namesake Copernicus, embarks on a journey of philosophical enlightenment, and uses his discoveries about the heavens, earth and human nature to determine the best way to live. Yoshino perfectly captures the beauty and strangeness of pre-war Japan – the changing of the seasons, the fried tofu and taiyaki stands, and the lush landscapes, as Copper explores the city on his bike and learns from friends and family what really matters most in life.

Hayao Miyazaki adapted the 1937 novel for his next feature film, Kimi-tachi wa Do Ikiru ka (How Do You Live?). He went on to say that this book is a storey that means a lot to the protagonist of his film.

Toshio Suzuki, the producer of Studio Ghibli, confirmed in a March interview that the film's animation is half-finished. Suzuki stated in a December interview that the film's animation is half finished and that it will be 125 minutes long.

Suzuki also stated in March that the film will not be released for another three years.

Source: Press release, Anime News Network


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