Hayao Miyazaki to Retire from Filmmaking

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Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is retiring.  Studio Ghibli president Hoshino Koji announced earlier today at the Venice Film Festival that the 72-year-old filmmaker and master of animation is retiring, but further questions about the decision were not answered.  Miyazaki first started working as an animator in 1961, going on to co-found the wonderful Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, where he directed a number of highly regarded animation features including 1988’s My Neighbor Totoro, 1989’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, 1995’s Princess Mononoke, and 2007’s Ponyo.

This is not the first time that Miyazaki has announced retirement, as he previously took a sabbatical after Princess Mononoke, only to come return to direct 2004’s Howl’s Moving Castle.  Miyazaki’s latest—and probably final—film, The Wind Rises, is currently making the festival rounds and is poised to play Telluride this weekend and the Toronto International Film Festival next week.  Hit the jump to relive some highlights from Miyazaki’s career.

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  • Redemption

    Great director, great films. Hopefully The Wind Rises is a good movie to go out on

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/101936112823141032944/about TheNinjaMax

      If not, he certainly has one hell of a legacy behind him. No regret in that.

  • cetrata

    He said this with every film since Mononoke. Trust me, he will do another film before the decade is out.

    • George Shapiro

      Only difference was that he wasn’t in his early 70′s when he announced it with Mononoke. =l

      • cetrata

        It wasn’t just Mononoke, He also announced the retirement with Howl’s Castle and Spirited Away.

    • Agent777

      There are plenty of things he can (and I’m sure he will) do in retirement. Through his pen or the Ghibli museum. David Lynch is basically retired, but he’s still doing art and music.

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  • Yurine

    This makes me sad. But it doesn’t mean he won’t produce right?

    • Sally

      The details are pretty scarce. But if he produces it probably just be in name only.

  • Yurine

    This makes me sad. But it doesn’t mean he won’t produce right?

  • Strong Enough

    yeah right. Ridley is 75. and its not like in live action where you have to travel around the world. Animation all he has to do is drive to work and bam, he’s on set.

    • Jessica

      The ignorance level is over 9,000!

      • Strong Enough

        trust me. i know my animation baby. i’m a student of the game

      • Sally

        You don’t know what the differences in health between Scott and Miyazaki. Or maybe Miyazaki wants to spend more time with his family and it has nothing to do with age or health at at all.

      • Strong Enough

        spend time? The man neglected his son for animation. why start now? lmao

      • Jessica

        Okay, so you know animation. And?
        But you don’t know Miyazazi and the reasons why he’s doing this.
        And don’t call me baby, pig.

      • Strong Enough

        I am a HUGE Hayao fan. I know everythang!

      • Martin

        If this is a game you lost a LONG time ago.

      • Strong Enough

        I always win plehboi!

      • Sara M.

        And if you’re a student you have failed miserably

      • Strong Enough

        Me failed? never!

      • George Shapiro

        Trust you. Let’s see, you don’t know Miyazaki at all and the reasons why he’s retiring, so you’re intel doesn’t sound that promising.

      • Strong Enough

        Yes I do!

      • HydrogenChaos

        I know animation too. And if you’re in your 70′s like Miyazaki you’re hands probably can’t handle animating as well whether it’s on paper or on a computer. Traveling has little to nothing to do with it.

      • Strong Enough

        You don’t need to animate when you’re a director!

    • Walter White

      So just because Ridley’s an elderly man that can handle working at his age, that means all people in their 70′s are capable of working extensively for months at a time? Great logic there.

      Miyazaki is allowed to retire and spend time enjoying his later years. Don’t be all butthurt just because you’re upset there won’t be anymore films from him and the thought of an elderly man not working makes your head explode.

      • Strong Enough

        So just because Ridley’s an elderly man that can handle working at his age, that means all people in their 70′s are capable of working extensively for months at a time

        ^ YES!

      • Strong Enough

        So just because Ridley’s an elderly man that can handle working at his age, that means all people in their 70′s are capable of working extensively for months at a time

        ^ YES!

    • More Than Strong Enough

      Wow strong enough, your poor trolling and ignorant comments about the elderly has given you a lot of comments to dislike! We all know how much you hate it when people challenge your horrible opinions!

      • Strong Enough

        Still on my nuts? lmao! summer’s over!

  • Strong Enough

    yeah right. Ridley is 75. and its not like in live action where you have to travel around the world. Animation all he has to do is drive to work and bam, he’s on set.

  • YossarianSortOf

    If it’s true, its a great loss. I do wish Disney would hurry up blu-ray releases of the rest of his films. I can’t believe you still can’t get Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Kiki, etc. I’m also hopeful we’ll see a blu-rau release of Castle of Calgiostro.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    My neighbor totoro and spirited away are my favorites of his
    A great filmmaker , one of the best without doubt

    • Martin

      The Walt Disney, or at the very least the John Lasseter of Japan.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    My neighbor totoro and spirited away are my favorites of his
    A great filmmaker , one of the best without doubt

  • TS

    Miyazaki Is A Genius, A Legend & A Great, love his work, one hell of a legacy he will leave behind

  • Jay

    One of the only useful things my middle school did for me was show us “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”

  • Cog

    This man is a bringer of joy, give him praise.

  • Agent777

    There are few people who have both written several of of my top films AND one of my top five comic book series (Nausicaa). The exponential amount of work this man has done equals that of 30 James Cameron’s (and yes, people in the Japanese film industry work much, much, much, much harder than those in the USA).

    He has well earned his retirement, and hope it is the most fruitful.

  • MITIOR

    It’s the 10th time he says he is retiring, I’m hoping he continues to be involved in some manner

  • grapes9h5

    I kind of hope he has one more left in him, something more fantastical than The Wind Rises

  • Batman

    These movies aren’t that good anyways.

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  • cetrata

    He was still old.

  • cetrata

    Don’t be a pessimist.

  • Strong Enough

    hey thats in Japan not U.S! ha!

  • Strong Enough

    How you know? I know his son in law Dice !

  • Strong Enough

    no he doesn’t. you ain’t heard the word? it’s animation over family bitch

  • Zordon

    Man, the blue power ranger is a real Debbie Downer. Then again, Billy was always a bit of a nerd, and he had the lamest dinosaur vehicle… I’m not surprised that he has such a negative outlook on life.

  • Zordon

    Man, the blue power ranger is a real Debbie Downer. Then again, Billy was always a bit of a nerd, and he had the lamest dinosaur vehicle… I’m not surprised that he has such a negative outlook on life.

  • Richard Juaneench

    It’s not a Collider thread until someone threatens physical violence!

  • Strong Enough

    LMAO you cut off one inch i’ll have nothing left!

  • Strong Enough

    Oh i know Obama’s daughters too. if you know what i mean…you know what. lemme take that back. i don’t want FBI at my door.

  • Strong Enough

    Oh i know Obama’s daughters too. if you know what i mean…you know what. lemme take that back. i don’t want FBI at my door.

  • Strong Enough

    Hey i got to do something while my Fringe episodes load. last season. it’s over

    *crying*

  • Strong Enough

    No he isn’t. Goro is. he told me

  • Strong Enough

    but it’s true lmao!

  • Strong Enough

    i’m not butthurt unless i sit down too long!

  • Strong Enough

    hey some ladies like it small! it’s easier to pull out! ha!

  • Zordon

    One upvote and one downvote… I’m not sure if I should be optimistic or pessimistic.

  • Nerdgasm

    Hey Strong. September dies at the end. And they get back back to the original timeline to make sure the observers don’t make it in.

  • Strong Enough

    it was a joke. they call me the joker in the penn!

  • Strong Enough

    I know! it’s that small! i’ll have nothing left!

  • Strong Enough

    sorry! didn’t read it LOL!

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