Saturday, May 20, 2017

This Guy Will Never Retire

Hayao Miyazaki back to work on his final project, a full-length film

The Asahi Shimbun  May 20, 2017

Anime director Hayao Miyazaki answers questions from reporters in Tokyo in January 2016. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

The maestro is back--again.

Acclaimed anime genius Hayao Miyazaki, 76, has called it quits on retirement to embark on a new feature film, Studio Ghibli Inc. said on its website May 19, without elaborating on the theme on which he is working.

“The director has decided to retract his retirement and to make a feature-length animated movie,” the website stated. “It is nothing other than the fact that he found material worth to make a movie on.”

The news comes after the director of “Spirited Away,” which landed an Academy Award for the Best Animated Feature in 2003, and “Howl’s Moving Castle,” among other works, announced his retirement in September 2013.

His last feature film before his retirement was “The Wind Rises.”

Studio Ghibli also said, “It will be his very last film to direct, given his age.”

The studio also said it is looking for artists to draw moving images and background art for the new project on a three-year contract.


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