Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Hayao Miyazaki is set to retire from filmmaking. Studio Ghibli president Hoshino Koji broke the news at the Venice Film Festival. No further details were released. The 72-year-old director is considered by many to be one of the finest directors of animation that we’ve ever known.
Miyazaki, who started animation in 1961, has since brought the world excellent films like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo. Spirited Away brought him an Academy Award for Best Animated Picture. His latest film, The Wind Rises, has brought in over $80 million in box-office receipts in Miyazaki’s home country of Japan.
Disney is reportedly planning to release The Wind Rises in the States sometime next year. The film will be playing at this year’s New York Film Festival on September 28. Hopefully the rest of the world won’t have to wait too much longer to see it.
This isn’t the first time that Miyazaki has announced retiring. The love of animation and storytelling has always brought him back, but something tells us that this may very well be it. Thanks for everything, Mr. Miyazaki. Your films are amazing.
Check out this wonderful four-minute trailer for his latest film.