Deadline reports that the film's UK rights have been bought by Elysian Film Group, Anonymous Content and Bleecker Street, with Elysian releasing the film in UK cinemas later this year.
The Boy and the Heron had its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last week, becoming the first animated film to open the festival.
In Japan the film was given a surprise release in July, under the title How Do You Live, without any traditional promotion, however it still managed to set a box office record during its opening weekend.
In the US, The Boy and the Heron will be released in cinemas on December 8, following special previews from November 22.
The film's synopsis reads: "A young boy named Mahito, yearning for his mother, ventures into a world shared by the living and the dead. There, death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning.
"A semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship, from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki."
The Boy and the Heron is released in US cinemas on December 8, following special previews from November 22. A UK release date is yet to be confirmed.
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