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So, Hayao Miyazaki May Not Be Retiring After All

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2014 4:50 PM
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Maybe it's time everyone just stops reporting on Studio Ghibli for a while, or at least wait for decent translations to come along. Last week, the internet freaked when an interview with Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki seemed to suggest that the studio was shutting down...until clarification revealed that it was just likely going through a restructuring. And, remember those reports that Hayao Miyazaki was retiring? You can scratch those too.

Studio Ghibli Has Not Shut Down, Considering Restructuring Film Production Division

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2014 9:00 AM
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Over the weekend, rumors emerged that Japan's famed Studio Ghibli —home to the works of Hayao Miyazaki— would be closing its doors. The scuttlebutt revolved around the studio's cost prohibitive practice of using inhouse talent in an industry which routinely ships out animation work abroad: Evidently "The Wind Rises," which has earned $90 million so far, had yet to turn a profit. But not so fast with those rumors! Now that full translations of an interview with Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki that prompted this speculation have arrived, a more nuanced picture about the future of the animation house has emerged.

Cannes Review: Studio Ghibli's 'The Tale Of Princess Kaguya' Is An Artful Return For Isao Takahata

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 26, 2014 10:02 AM
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Studio Ghibli is at a real crossroads in its history. The legendary Japanese animation studio has become a respected name even in the West, thanks to a string of classics that trump even Pixar, but last year, the legendary Hayao Miyazaki debuted "The Wind Rises," the film he claims will be his final one (and certainly feels like it's putting a period at the end of a career).

From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 20, 2014 2:03 PM
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The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki
When it premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in August, "The Wind Rises," which hits theaters this week, was accompanied by the announcement that it would be the last feature film from director Hayao Miyazaki. It may be that that turns out to be premature—the filmmaker has said as much several times before—but if this truly is his last film, it'll prove to be a monumental loss to cinema.

Watch: 'The Simpsons’ Tribute To Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 10, 2014 1:44 PM
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Simpsons, Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli
The Simpsons is curious show. The longest running American sitcom in history (25 seasons long), its relevancy and quality dropped off hard after season 10, but in recent years it’s made a bit of a comeback. And certainly they’ve been more relevant than ever in the movie world with recent impressive tributes like the “Treehouse of Horror XXIV” opener recently directed by Guillermo del Toro. Well, they’re at it again.

Hayao Miyazaki Confirms Retirement, Will Stay At Studio Ghibli

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 10:24 AM
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Hayao Miyazaki, largely referred to as Japan's Walt Disney both for his kindly public demeanor and the fact that he's made a collection of stone cold animated classics (among them "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away"), held a press conference in Tokyo to confirm that, yes, he is retiring and yes, you should be really, really, ridiculously sad. Still (silver lining alert): he hopes to maintain a presence at Studio Ghibli, the production company that he founded.

Venice Review: Hayao Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2013 8:26 AM
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This year's Venice Film Festival has already seen a number of filmmakers push outside their comfort zone. Alfonso Cuarón made a 3D blockbuster set entirely in zero gravity. Kelly Reichardt made a thriller. Stephen Frears made a good movie. But no departure has been greater from a filmmaker than the one that Hayao Miyazaki takes with "The Wind Rises."

Watch: Lush International Trailer For Studio Ghibli's Latest 'Arriety'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 4, 2011 1:05 AM
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Despite the patronage of Disney and John Lasseter, the work of Hayao Miyazaki has never quite made the impression abroad that it has in its native Japan, where his films number among the all-time biggest grossers: in the U.S. 2009's "Ponyo" is his most successful film, despite the raves given to "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away." At the same time, it has at least been demonstrated now that there is an audience for both his films and those of his professional home, Studio Ghibli, and it's now common for those films to get a U.S. release, even if Miyazaki himself isn't at the helm.

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