Sad news for Studio Ghibli fans: the world-renowned director and Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement through Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino early today at the Venice Film Festival. Hoshino and the crew behind The Wind Rises, the latest Studio Ghibli film, were on hand at the festsival to promote the film. The Wind Rises is a look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II — a noticable break from tradition for Miyazaki and an odd film to go out on.
Miyazaki is renown for his work at Studio Ghibli, which he founded, and his work on over a dozen films, eleven of which he directed, including Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, and more.
The news was announced by Studio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino at the Venice Film Festival, where Studio Ghibli is currently showing The Wind Rises. Hoshino’s statement was brief:
“Miyazaki has decided that Kaze Tachinu [The Wind Rises] will be his last film, and he will now retire.”
Multiple sources are reporting that Miyazaki will speak on his retirement from his home in Japan some time soon. We’re hoping that Miyazaki’s definition of retirement means retiring from directing feature films, not retiring from contributing to the process altogether. Rather than directing, Miyazaki may be looking to take on a lesser role, contributing to screenplay writing, story ideas, and consulting for Studio Ghibli’s projects.
We’ll keep you updated on Miyazaki’s official announcement once it’s made.