Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki to Retire, "The Wind Rises" is His Final Feature

Studio President Koji Hoshino announces retirement of 72-year-old director

For years people have been speculating which film would be acclaimed anime director Hayao Miyazaki's last, and now we have the answer. Koji Hoshino—President of Studio Ghibli, which was co-founded by Miyazaki—announced that the master is retiring.

 

Hoshino didn't go too in depth on the announcement made at Italy's Venice Film Festival, saying that Miyazaki is retiring from feature-length films and that The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) is his last.

 

The 72-year-old director's career has spanned over fifty years and includes many celebrated features, from The Castle of Cagliostro to Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and beyond. Hopefully we'll see something new from him outside of the world of feature film direction in the future. 

 

The Wind Rises opened in Japanese theaters in July, and Disney is set to distribute the film in North America. 

 

Via The Sunday Times

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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