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Hayao Miyazaki Announces His Retirement
The Wind Rises will be his final film

02 September 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Hayao Miyazaki

Between co-founding Studio Ghibli and directing 11 films (including classics such as My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Castle In The Sky), Hayao Miyazaki has established himself as a master filmmaker, and someone who has brought joy to audiences around the world. Now he’s bringing a slightly more melancholy feeling, as he’s announced his retirement.

In fact, the famously reclusive director didn’t announce it directly, leaving it to Studio Ghibli head Koji Hoshino at the Venice Film Festival where Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises has been screening.

Hoshino made a simple statement – “Miyazaki has decided that Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) will be his last film, and he will now retire” – to the world’s press, with word that the 72-year-old director himself will be addressing the matter in Tokyo soon. Though his pace had slowed somewhat in the last decade, Miyazki denied an intention to retire recently, but has clearly had a change of heart.

Hopefully he’ll still be involved in Ghibli’s other projects, overseeing and possibly writing scripts (as with Arrietty, which he scripted and oversaw while leaving the directing to Hiromasa Yonebayashi), but if he’s really decided to stop filmmaking, he leaves a fine legacy and a studio capable of producing true movie magic. 

There’s no word on a UK release date for The Wind Rises yet, but the trailer is below.


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RE: Hayao Miyazaki Announces His Retirement
This is really a sad news I like Hayao Miyazaki's movies, especially Spirited Away , My Neighbor Totoro More

Posted by wincryw at 09:02 on 03 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hayao Miyazaki Announces His Retirement
knew this news was coming.. still didn't prepare myself for it though. More

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RE: Hayao Miyazaki Announces His Retirement
This is sad news, but it was inevitable really. I'd just watched Castle In The Sky on Filmfour earlier today. More

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RE: Hayao Miyazaki Announces His Retirement
L: Darth Marenghi L: rich What again? Didn't he already do this once? I had a vague memory that Earthsea being such rubbish changed his mind before, strange he isn't announcing it himself. as attempted to retire before, but this is the final salute. And he was apparently positive about Earthsea - you may be confusing it with Moving Castle he wasn't happy with the original director's approach and took over the project. he fell out with his son over Earthsea More

Posted by Ultimo Lee at 23:34 on 01 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hayao Miyazaki Announces His Retirement
L: rich What again? Didn't he already do this once? I had a vague memory that Earthsea being such rubbish changed his mind before, strange he isn't announcing it himself. e has attempted to retire before, but this is the final salute. And he was apparently positive about Earthsea - you may be confusing it with Moving Castle he wasn't happy with the original director's approach and took over the project. More

Posted by Darth Marenghi at 23:23 on 01 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hayao Miyazaki Announces His Retirement
What again? Didn't he already do this once? I had a vague memory that Earthsea being such rubbish changed his mind before, strange he isn't announcing it himself. More

Posted by rich at 22:36 on 01 September 2013 | Report This Post

RE: This day had to come...
Strange as I'm just about to re-watch Howl's Moving Castle. A true great in the film making field. More

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This day had to come...
... but it's still a little sad. Miyazaki leaves us with some truly wonderful films and hopefully Studio Ghibli will carry on trying to meet his impeccable standards of filmmaking. More

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