Hayao Miyazaki to Retire from Filmmaking

Hayao Miyazaki to Retires from FilmmakingIt's been announced that animation giant, Hayao Miyazaki, will be retiring from writing and directing feature films. The announcement came at the Venice Film Festival where his latest (and now final) film, The Wind Rises, just played and received glowing reviews.

Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino made the announcement at a press conference where no specific reason was given, which makes me hope this is merely him stepping back and there's nothing wrong healthwise with the 72-year-old filmmaker responsible for films such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo and Kiki's Delivery Service.

Hoshino added that Miyazaki will hold a briefing in Tokyo soon where further details will be revealed. It would be a little surprising to me if he steps back entirely as I expect we'll still see him credited as a writer and producer, at the very least, on a few upcoming films from his son, Goro Miyazaki, just as he was on his most recent release, From Up On Poppy Hill. [Variety]

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Oh no! I've somewhat enjoyed the films I saw of his! Seriously, it is sad to see him retire.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mikey/ Mikey

    I've only seen four of this man's films, but Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away are already two of my favorites. I can't wait to dig into the rest of his filmography, and will miss his presence when I've gone through them all. Possibly the best animated filmmaker of all time. He had quite the career.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HarryFuertes/ Harry Fuertes

    I've seen all of his films and I have to say that he is one of the best directors out there. Very excited to see what he has in store as his swan song.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    I haven't seen any Studio Ghibli films but i know they come with a very high reputation, i'm sure watching one will lead to another.

  • http://www.twitter.com/GregDinskisk GregDinskisk

    One of my childhood heroes... I'm sad to see him go... CASTLE IN THE SKY is one of my all time favorites, not just of animation, but in general.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/sean/ sean

    Such a sad day for film. He's easily one of the greatest filmmakers, animators, writers of our time. Sprited Away is without question the best animated film I've ever seen and my favorite. This guy does not make bad movies or movies with meaning/leaving you thinking once the credits roll. Take it easy, Hayao. Thanks for all the great stories!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RonOnealFresh/ Ron Oneal Fresh

    This is a disappointing. Hopefully this will be short hiatus than a retirement.

  • dodrade

    Didn't he threaten to retire before?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Anna/ Anna

      My thoughts exactly. I don't think he will go anywhere, just like Soderbergh. They will be back. =)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/HelloKitty/ Hello Kitty

    The end of an era. His presence will be missed.

  • Chris Etrata

    He said this with every film. When he says he's retiring, that only means he has nothing on his mind at that time. I don't believe he will retire from directing.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    I have never seen any of his films, but he is enough of an icon for me to be saddened by this

  • Andrew S.

    I know he said this same thing when he released Princess Mononoke back in '97, and I"m quite sure he said something similar in '01 with Spirited Away, but I suppose old age is beginning to catch up with him. My only hope is that Studio Ghibli can find someone as passionate and brilliant to take his place in the future.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kimberlesk/ Kimberlesk

    Good for him. I hope he enjoys his retirement, but I wouldn't be sad to hear he was making another film. I've enjoyed his work very much over the years. At least I can always watch his films again. Thank you Miyazaki!