Animator Hayao Miyazaki Retiring After His Final Film 'The Wind Rises'

September 1, 2013
Source: Japan Times

Miyazaki and Alex in 2009

Sad news for fans of Studio Ghibli. Reports from a press conference at the Venice Film Festival (via Japan Times) are stating that The Wind Rises will be the last film directed by legendary animator/filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki before he retires. The quote comes from Studio Ghibli co-founder Koji Hoshino, who said simply during the press conference: "Miyazaki has decided that The Wind Rises will be his last film and he will now retire." More details will come at a press conference in Japan next week, but for now it sounds like this isn't just a speculative quote. Though we usually take retirement announcements with a grain of salt.

Hayao Miyazaki, now 72 years old, is the legendary Japanese animator who some could argue is the greatest animation filmmaker in cinema history. In total he has directed 12 feature films from My Neighbor Totoro to Ponyo, won one Oscar for Spirited Away in 2003, and received countless accolades. His last film, The Wind Rises (see the trailer) about the WWII Zero Fighter airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi, is premiering at film festivals around the world right now and debuting in Japan this year. The quote seems to hint that Miyazaki decided this latest film would be his last feature after finishing. I'm looking forward to catching it.

This news does make me sad, as I'm a huge fan of Miyazaki and all Studio Ghibli films. The teaser photo on this post is me and Miyazaki when I met/interviewed him in 2009 for Ponyo. However, I have a feeling he'll still be around animating, drawing and working at Ghibli for many more years. As we all know, creative geniuses like Miyazaki can usually never really give up their art, and will likely feel a desire to come back at the right time. So, while this news might be unfortunate, let's hope that he'll still have his hand in Studio Ghibli films for years to come. Until then this may be the perfect time to watch some Studio Ghibli classics.

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I just gotta say I love all his films

Tayla Robinson on Sep 1, 2013


A thousand no's. // Live well Miyazaki-san.

DAVIDPD on Sep 1, 2013


Sad to think there wont be any more Miyazaki films if he's really retiring. My hopes are that he has a lot of unpublished or hidden work that could be developed in the future. I simply love the amount of imagination his movies inspire.

Shaun on Sep 1, 2013


He said the same thing after Mononoke, and Spirited Away

davidsm on Sep 2, 2013


I'd be happy enough if he just did his watercolour sketches and published them as art books. I like to hear that people retire, but I doubt he'll be able to stay away from the pencils forever!

Carpola on Sep 2, 2013


GRANDMASTERs NEVER DIE. A decade after Disney think 2D animations ages gone , Miyazaki is my last hope for bring back the vision to them. Although they haven't the vision of the master have. Miyazaki has revolutionized my mind. He has delightful INSIGHT. HE CHALLENGES MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES and i always surrounded in front of him. But i am not bothered YET , because he has one hell of work that NOT RELEASE YET.

Ehsan Davodi on Sep 3, 2013


Oooh boy. My sister's going to hate this.

RobotProphet on Sep 3, 2013


The Ghibli museum in Tokyo is a must see.

SomeBraveApollo on Sep 10, 2013

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