Hayao Miyazaki leaves his retirement life unfinished for one last movie

World-renowned filmmaker and Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki is retiring to shoot one last movie and goes behind the scenes.

80-year-old Japanese filmmaker New York TimesIn an interview with How Do You Live? announced that he would go behind the camera for a feature film project called

When asked why the newspaper made another movie, Miyazaki replied, “Because I wanted to do it.”

Miyazaki actually announced his retirement in 2013, but after that date he made a short film called Earwig and the Witch with his son Goro Miyazaki for the Ghibli Museum. After Miyazaki in 2018 coming back from retirement announced once again.

“He actually had to create something to live on,” said his son, Goro, about his father’s return to work.

While details about the upcoming feature film are scarce for now, How Do You Live?’s is based on Genzaburo Yoshino’s 1937 novel. Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki describes the film as “a massive fantasy movie”.

The only other detail that Suzuki shared is that he will appear as a character in the movie and this character will not be a human.

His 1937 novel How Do You Live? tells the story of 15-year-old Junichi Honda after his father’s death. Known as Koperu (inspired by the astronomer Copernicus), this young boy goes to live with his uncle and finds himself in a completely different life. The book shares his view of different perspectives, social structure and how Koperu fits into this world.

The book ends with the narrator asking a question: “How do you live?” that is, “How do you live?”

How Do You Live? Although the work on it has been going on since 2018, this last interview is actually a statement of intent that this movie will be released. When it will be released is currently unknown. However, the studio film hopes to come out in the next three years.

“How do you live?” Miyazaki, who was asked how he would answer the question, replied: “I’m making this movie because I don’t know the answer.”

So will this movie really be Miyazaki’s last movie?

Suzuki says: “In the West, we always feel the need to know how things work out. In Ghibli (in their studio), the final scene is often a mystery.”


Ryan Leston is a film critic and entertainment news writer at MRT.

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