Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki to direct one last film

Studio Ghibli’s co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is a legend of animation who holds various credits under his belt. He has given the world movies like Spirited Away, Howls Moving Castle, My NeighborTotoro. Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to create one last movie.

Miyazaki, the masterful storyteller and creator of Japanese animated feature films, announced his retirement from the production of feature films due to his age in 2013.

According to New York Times, Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to create one more movie. While not much is currently known about the film, Miyazaki describes it as fantasy on a grand scale, and it is based on a novel by Genzaburo Yoshino, presumably, How Do You Live? The novel follows a small, 15-year-old boy who is living in Tokyo after the recent death of his father.

Earlier in August 2016, Miyazaki proposed a new feature-length film, How Do You Live? on which he began animation work but later in December 2020, Suzuki made the announcement that the film’s animation was half-finished and also said that he does not expect the film to release for another three years.

Studio Ghibli’s movies also received acclaim and popularity globally as several of the studio’s movies like Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro, and Spirited Away were dubbed in English. Miyazaki’s 2001 film Spirited Away became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards.

Miyazaki’s film is always led by an outstanding Japanese voice cast and Japan’s best actors, like Shegesato Itoi, Minami Takayama, Yoji Matsuda, and many others.

How Do You Live? might be Hayao Miyazaki’s final film.