Hayao Miyazaki is Retiring


A retirement well deserved.

Hayao Miyazaki, the filmmaker behind films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and more, is retiring after the release of his latest film The Wind Rises.  He is 72 now.

Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino made the announcement during The Wind Rises’ film debut in Italy, which Miyazaki was not present himself.  The short statement states that in a full press conference in Tokyo next week that Miyazaki “wants to say goodbye to all of you.

The Wind Rises is Miyazaki’s eleventh and final feature film.  It’s a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.