Hayao Miyazaki’s Retirement

Hayao Miyazaki's Retirement PhotoFamed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, 72, has announced his intention to retire from filmmaking.  Miyazaki, together with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1895, the studio has two projects currently in the works an no intentions of closing their doors.  Nor are they likely to, each project takes at a minimum of 5 years and can go up to 7 years to complete.  Miyazaki’s reasons for retirement include a hesitation to commit to a project that could go into his 80s.

That sounds like a very good reason to retire!  Though fans are still unsure how to take this retirement since Miyazaki has been in a perma-state of semi-ritirement since the completion of his film ‘Princess Mononoke’ in ’97.  In a recent press conference he has said:

“I’ve mentioned that I would retire many times in the past, so a lot of you must be thinking ‘Oh, not again…  But this time I am quite serious.”

Though he has also mentioned that if he comes across a project that interests him he’ll take part in it anyway; suggesting that what he’s really doing is continuing his semi-retirement.  But this may just be a fan with her hopeful fingers crossed.

Good luck in your retirement Hayao Miyazaki!

Some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most popular works;

  • Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
  • Castle in the Sky
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Porco Rosso
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Spirited Away
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Ponyo
  • The Secret World of Arrietty