Sunday 1 September 2013

Hayao Miyazaki to Officially Retire

The shock announcement was made during a press conference at the recent Venice Film Festival by Studio Ghibli president Hoshino Koji.

Miyazaki Hayao's latest feature Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) is screening at the festival and so far, unsurprisingly, the film is reported to have had a very positive and enthusiastic response from viewers. The film focuses on the life of Horikoshi Jiro, a designer of Japanese fighter planes during the second World War. Miyazaki favourite, Joe Hisaishi returns to provide the score.

Miyazaki has tried to retire twice before, but on both occasions ended up coming back again; whether or not this will happen this time remains to be seen. He is now 72 years old, and has been working in animation for fifty years; maybe he's had enough, and just wants to enjoy his retirement. There will be a press conference in Japan coming soon dedicated to this announcement.

Miyazaki will leave behind a great legacy, including such magical films as Princess Mononoke (1997), Spirited Away (2001), my favourite Ghibli film My Neighbour Totoro (1988), and many many more.

What do you think of this announcement? What will you miss? How will it affect the future of Studio Ghibli? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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