Hayao Miyazaki Retirement Announced
It was announced this past Sunday at the Venice film festival that legendary animated film director, Hayao Miyazaki, would no longer be performing any directorial duties as he has chosen to retire. His final work as a director will be Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises), a film previously criticized for its anti-war message (which doesn’t make sense because Miyazaki hasn’t exactly been pro-war in ANY of his films; the opposite, in fact).
“Miyazaki has decided that Kaze Tachinu will be his last film, and he will now retire,” said Mr Koji Hoshino, head of Studio Ghibli co-founded by Mr. Miyazaki.
Mr. Hoshino was the representative at the Venice film festival as Miyazaki was not there but announced that the director would be holding a briefing in Tokyo.
It can be speculated from the announcement at the festival that Miyazaki will continue to have some role at Studio Ghibli even though he will no longer direct. It is possible that he’ll main active at Studio Ghibli supervising over upcoming projects or he’ll even continue to direct in a smaller capacity such as short films. However, this isn’t the first time that Miyazaki announced his retirement from the film industry so we’ll have to wait and see what his official statement on the situation is at the briefing in Tokyo. Also, his successor could be announced at this briefing. Many speculated that it will be his son, Goro Miyazki, who directed a few successful films on his own such as From Up on Poppy Hill.
If Miyazaki sticks by his choice to retire from directing, it’ll be a huge loss as people all over the world have enjoyed and loved his works. His themes and storytelling transcends any cultural barriers and can be appreciated by anyone. Nobody else could craft a fantasy world as detailed and organic as he could.
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