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Studio Ghibli Announces Retirement of Hayao Miyazaki

Posted September 1, 2013 03:57 PM by Webmaster

Walt Disney StudiosStudio Ghibli president Koji Hoshino has announced that acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker and studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki will retire following a prolific career that has spanned some fifty-two years. No formal date was set for Miyazaki's retirement, but Hoshino confirmed The Wind Rises to be the animation visionary's final film.

Miyazaki began his career in 1963 at Toei Animation, where, in 1968, he served as chief animator on director Isao Takahata's Hols: Prince of the Sun. In 1971, Miyazaki re-teamed with Takahata to co-direct fourteen episodes of the Lupin III television series. In 1979, Miyazaki would direct his first feature film: The Castle of Cagliostro, followed in 1984 by fan-favorite Nausicaš of the Valley of the Wind, which remains one of his finest films.

Rising high on the critical and financial success of Nausicaš, Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985, along with Takahata and Toshio Suzuki. Ghibli has since released eighteen feature films, of which Miyazaki was directly involved in eleven as director, writer and/or producer. There are currently nine Studio Ghibli films available on Blu-ray, Grave of the Fireflies being the only one not credited in some way to Miyazaki:

Miyazaki has received accolades for two films above all else, both of which have yet to arrive on Blu-ray in North America: Princess Mononoke, having earned several best director awards (among many others) and a Japanese Academy Award for Picture of the Year, and Spirited Away, a stunning coming-of-age story that garnered dozens of prestigious awards throughout the international film community, up to and including an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards.

Miyazaki's final film, The Wind Rises, is set to arrive in U.S. theaters in 2014 courtesy of Disney. A Blu-ray release is expected to follow, as ultimately are the Blu-ray debuts of other key Miyazaki films, most notably Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away.

The Wind Rises Synopsis: Built on the stories of Jiro Horikoshi, visionary designer of one the most beautiful airplanes in history -- the famed Zero fighter -- and the writer Tatsuo Hori, The Wind Rises is a tale of love and perseverance in a turbulent world brought to life by the vivid animation of Studio Ghibli. Inspired by the aesthetics of design and the freedom of flying, Jiro pursues a life dedicated to the creation of a beautiful aircraft. The film covers the passage of time from Jiro's childhood, filled with dreams of engineering, to adulthood as he creates an elegant, flight worthy plane that eventually is used for something quite different than he expected, war.




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News comments (33 comments)



SpartanIre
  Sep 01, 2013
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NOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Thank you Mr. Miyazaki for your dedication and your vision to produce such great work! Definitely a legend of our own time...

Jafar
  Sep 01, 2013
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A sad announcement indeed. However, I just hope he changes his mind down the line. He's done it before, and I see no reason why he shouldn't again :-)

Porco Azzurro
  Sep 01, 2013
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My favourite film director, animated or otherwise. Absolute legend.

Rayansb
  Sep 01, 2013
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A legend.

rollinwith26s
  Sep 01, 2013
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I shall savour The Wind Rises like no other movie before it.

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Steve46
  Sep 01, 2013
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My collection is all the richer for all of the wonderful Studio Ghibli films. I'm sad from a personal point of view, but I hope he enjoys a long and happy retirement. His films deserve a much wider audience in North America, and his work has positively impacted so many lives, including mine.

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chronoclast
  Sep 01, 2013
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Miyazaki has said a number of times before that he was going to retire but at 72 I think it will stick this time. I wouldn't be surprised if Isao Takahata announces his retirement soon too as he's 77. His upcoming film Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari may also be his last.

Lino11
  Sep 01, 2013
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Had to come to an end. A brilliant artist.

pikachufan1336
  Sep 01, 2013
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this guy has added something sophisticated in a genera that today doesn't seem to take itself as seriously anymore, that all changed because of him
Thank you.
Thank you so much
for everything.
boulder_bum
  Sep 01, 2013
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I'll miss him! To tell you the truth, I am getting a little sick of computer animation and this guy and his studio's hand-drawn, creative animation was my refuge.

I really hope they release Spirited Away on Blu to celebrate!

Scholer
  Sep 02, 2013
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We have lost one of the last few real visionaries in cinema. Hope his masterworks could inspire enough people to follow in his path. Here's a shout out to Makato Shinkai, it's time for him to fill a huge gap.

PFrank
  Sep 02, 2013
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So glad my cousin introduced me to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli. A well deserved retirement for sure!!

planosuperman
  Sep 02, 2013
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He is and will undoubtedly forever be a world renowned legend of animation. * Please, please Mr. Miyazaki you must release the rights of ownership and distribution here in the USA for Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away!!!

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toddly6666
  Sep 02, 2013
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Since it got released on non-English subtitled Blu-ray in Japan, maybe his most unseen masterpiece series, Future Boy Conan, will get an English subbed or dubbed Blu-ray version in usa or the uk. The series is basically a perfect 12 hour movie.

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Cat III
  Sep 02, 2013
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Miyazaki could have retired after his first two or three movies and secured his place as a legend, but he kept at it for another twenty years, releasing masterpiece after masterpiece. Everyone who loves animation and great film-making owes a big "thank you" to this man. Here's hoping to a happy retirement.

Gerby
  Sep 02, 2013
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I've never liked any of his movies

SpartanIre
  Sep 02, 2013
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^Troll much?^
hazelwu
  Sep 02, 2013
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@Gerby
and you watched them all?

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toddly6666
  Sep 02, 2013
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Gerby doesnt have any animated films on bluray (unless you count Roger Rabbit) - other than that, he has a good collection - im just guessing that animated films arent his thing or he hasnt seen much from
Ghibli.

Gerby
  Sep 02, 2013
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I never said Miyazaki's films were rubbish, they're just not my thing, don't get all butt hurt just because my opinion differs from the rest of you, my opinion is as valid as anyone else's on here...I prefer european stop motion animation...Karel Zeman, Jan Svankmajer, Jiri Barta, Jiri Trnka, Wladislaw Starewicz etc...I find it much more interesting.
animatedude
  Sep 02, 2013
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NEW ULTIMATE BOXSET COME ON DISNEY NOW IT'S TIME!!!

tru blu
  Sep 02, 2013
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This is sad news. I wish him well for all his future endeavours. His movies have touched so many, including me.

blkhrt
  Sep 02, 2013
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Hopefully this retirement lasts about as long as the last one! It will be truly sad if he is no longer making movies.

Buffalobison
  Sep 02, 2013
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He'll be missed, but what a great body of work! Maybe they'll finally let "Mei and the Catbus" out of the Ghibli Museum now.

Gold Ranger
  Sep 02, 2013
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Grave of the FireFlies
The Cat Returns
From Up on Poppy Hill
Pom Pocco
Porco Rosso
Kiki's Delvery Service
Princess Mononoke
My Neighbors, The Yamada's
Tales from EarthSea
Only Yesterday

We NEED these released BEFORE his Retirement!
Otherwise Disney will screw them up even more!

EricJ
  Sep 02, 2013
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Kaine; We could use The Castle of Cagliostro, too.

Gold Ranger
  Sep 02, 2013
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Dammit... I thought it looked incomplete....

Gold Ranger
  Sep 02, 2013
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Grave of the FireFlies
The Cat Returns
From Up on Poppy Hill
Pom Pocco
Porco Rosso
Kiki's Delvery Service
Princess Mononoke
My Neighbors, The Yamada's
Tales from EarthSea
Only Yesterday
The Castle of Cagliostro*

We NEED these released BEFORE his Retirement!
Otherwise Disney will screw them up even more!

Thank you for reminding me EricJ

BouCoupDinkyDau
  Sep 03, 2013
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All good things come to an end.

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Handyman003
  Sep 03, 2013
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I can't wait until "Princess Mononoke" is remastered properly for Bu-ray - uncut and subtitled.

BluPix
  Sep 03, 2013
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I first saw Princess Mononoke upon its US theatrical release and Hayao Miyazaki easily became one of my directors of all time within a few years ó of both animated and live-action films. His films are always something to look forward to and he'll certainly be missed.

Fortunately, Studio Ghibli has other capable minds who will carry on the tradition in some way.

L-Rouge
  Sep 04, 2013
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Mr Miyazaki has had left an incredible imprint in my life, I thank him muchly, and say cheers very much

RONDALLAS
  Sep 04, 2013
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Mr. Miyazaki all I have to say is THANK U for the joy n sadness you brought to my heart. Luv you man. :{

Also ty U.K. Amazon for having a lot more of your great movies in Blu. than here in the States.


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