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Hayao Miyazaki Reveals Why He Briefly Gave up Retirement to Return To Filmmaking

And create one final Studio Ghibli movie.

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Hayao Miyazaki Reveals Why He Briefly Gave up Retirement to Return To Filmmaking

And create one final Studio Ghibli movie.

Hayao Miyazaki reveals he put retirement on hold to create one final Studio Ghibli movie simply because he “wanted to.”

The Japanese animator-slash-producer is creating an adaptation of the 1937 novel How Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino as his last film, making it clear it’s not a guide on living life but instead it’s meant to challenge ideals. “I am making this movie because I do not have the answer,” he told The New York Times.

Miyazaki first announced his retirement in 2013. However, throughout the years, he’s made brief returns to filmmaking. “He needed to create something in order to live, basically,” his son, Goro Miyazaki, told Film earlier this year. “So he started with making a short film for the [Ghibli] museum, and then he went on to making his new feature-length film. And that is around the time that I started working on Earwig too, and everyone came back.”

How Do You Live? is expected to be heavily based on fantasy. Studio Ghibli hopes to finish creating the film sometime in 2023.

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