Hayao Miyazaki retires! “Kaze-tachinu” will be his last movie.

Hayao Miyazaki is leaving Studio Ghibli. The Japanese director, known worldwide for movies like “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away”, Academy Award winner, plans to retire after being in the anime industry for decades. According to Koji Hoshino, head of Studio Ghibli, the 72 year-old director will hold a press conference in Tokyo to explain his decision, and to say goodbye to his fans. Hoshino said that Miyazaki “wants to say goodbye to all of you from the bottom of his heart.”

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Hayao Miyazaki, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 : Japanese Animated Film Director Hayao Miyazaki gave a speech for a journalist at The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Yusuke Nakanishi/AFLO)

Miyazaki co-founded studio Ghibli in 1985, after working for Toei Animation. His first movie was “Laputa: Castle in the Sky” from 1986; since then he worked personally on 11 feature movies. His last movie “The Wind Rises”(Jap: “Kaze-tachinu”) is already a box office hit in Japan, was presented at Venice Film Festival last Sunday September 1st and will be screened worldwide. The movie, about the Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Japanese fighter plane used in World War Two, the Zero, is already considered a masterpiece, as well as Miyazaki-san cultural testament.

 

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Hayao Miyazaki, NOVEMBER 20, 2008 : Japanese Animated Film Director Hayao Miyazaki gave a speech for a journalist at The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Yusuke Nakanishi/AFLO)

 

Miyazaki’s retirement from Studio Ghibli will surely leave a huge hole in the animation industry, and also in the hearts of thousands of fans of the director’s dream world.