Hayao Miyazaki, the Oscar award winning filmmaker behind Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, to name a few, is planning to retire from directing following the release of his latest film, The Wind Rises.
Hayao Miyazaki, who is 72 years old, has claimed that he’s retiring from films before but he assures skeptics that he’s super serious this time. In his words:
“I know I’ve said I would retire many times in the past. Many of you must think, ‘Once again.’ But this time I am quite serious…I’ve always wanted to do something besides animation. There are so many things I want to do.”
Life after film making for Hayao Miyazaki include plans to work at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo.
The Wind Rises will be Miyazaki’s eleventh film. It’s a fictionalized biography of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed the Japanese WWII fighter planes. Disney will be initially releasing The Wind Rises in Los Angeles from November 8-14. It will then be given a limited release on February 21st, in select markets and then on February 28th The Wind Rises will get a wide release.
Source: The Marysue