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Hayao Miyazaki Officially Explains His Retirement, Plus Review Roundup of 'The Wind Rises'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 6, 2013 at 1:53PM

Hayao Miyazaki released an official statement to the media September 6 on his reasoning behind his previously announced retirement. While he says that he intends to keep working in various capacities for the next decade, he won't return to the directing chair. The production period on his films continues to increase -- his current film, "The Wind Rises," took five years to make -- and at that rate, he points out, "the studio can't survive."
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Hayao Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki released an official statement to the media September 6 on his reasoning behind his previously announced retirement. While he says that he intends to keep working in various capacities for the next decade, he won't return to the directing chair. The production period on his films continues to increase -- his current film, "The Wind Rises," took five years to make -- and at that rate, he points out, "the studio can't survive."

He says that if he had any intention of changing his working style, which calls for him to take a pencil to thousands of drawings per film, he would have "come up with a better method... long before this."

"The Wind Rises"
"The Wind Rises"

While he's mentioned the possibility of retirement before, he made it clear that he's "really serious this time... My era of animation is over." He said that he would neither script, supervise nor involve himself with future Studio Ghibli projects. 

Miyazaki fans can take heart that "The Wind Rises," a fictionalized biopic of "Zero" fighter designer Jiro Horikoshi, is playing to good reviews on the fall festival circuit, and an awards season campaign is planned by Disney, who will distribute in North America. So we can delay our goodbye to this great filmmaker for a little while longer.

Check out our TOH! ranking of the Top Ten Studio Ghibli films, many directed by Miyazaki, here.

A review roundup of "The Wind Rises" is after the jump. Check out the trailer here.

This article is related to: News, Reviews, Hayao Miyazaki, Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli, The Wind Rises


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.