For nearly thirty years, Studio Ghibli has been enchanting its viewers with astounding and beautiful motion pictures and whimsical worlds in which dreams are made of. This Japanese studio has produced eighteen feature films, including 'My Neighbor Totoro,' 'Spirited Away,' and 'Ponyo,' all which have been adapted into numerous languages and generated great success worldwide leading to several awards. Dedicated fans of the Studio Ghibli had their hearts won by Studio Ghibli’s profound and gorgeous artistry, storylines, and creativity. Often compared to Walt Disney, legendary director and master craftsman of hand-drawn animation, Hayao Miyazaki has rightfully earned many accolades internationally.
After a four-decade career, it was announced today at Italy’s Venice Film Festival by Koju Hoshino, the president of Miyazaki’s production company Studio Ghibli, that Hayao Miyazaki will be retiring with the release of his newest and final feature-length film entitled 'The Wind Rises,' which tells the story of World War II Zero Fighter airplane designer Jiro Horikoshi who has no interest in promoting the wars' brutality. Despite his line of work, peaceful, wide-eyed genius Jiro seems to have no particular interest in the war and is more occupied with the design of his planes and the health of his sickly wife.
'Miyazaki has decided that ‘Kaze Tachinu’ will be his last film and he will now retire,’ Koji Hoshino, co-founder by Miyazaki, told reporters in Italy. The feature-length film, entitled 'Kaze Tachinu' or 'The Wind Rises' in English, will be one of twenty movies competing for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival on the floating city’s Lido Island. Hoshino did not give any further details, saying only that Miyazaki would soon hold a press briefing in Tokyo, Japan. Although the seventy-two year-old's retirement is well deserved, Hayao Miyazaki’s loyal fans will be reluctant to see him no longer be a part of the credit reels in future Studio Ghibli movies. Hopes are that knowing his attachment to the studio and its wondrous creations, he will still take an active role in futue Ghibli film productions.