Last month, the first trailer to Hayao Miyazaki's new film, The Wind Rises, hit the web. Western fans of Miyazaki will happy to know that the film will be getting a US release; unfortunately, it will be the last from the legendary director. As of this weekend, it was reported at the Venice Film Festival that Hayao Miyazaki, who has directed so many wonderdul animated films, will be retiring after his latest work is done with its festival circuit.While the movie business is a place where many say never say never, it looks like Miyazaki is wrapping things up as he will make a farewell statement next week.
For nearly 30 years, Miyazaki refined the animated world. The director captured hearts worldwide with titles such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Monoke and many others. It was not until 2003 where the director won an Oscar for best animated feature with his film Spirited Away. In 2006, Miyazaki next feature film, Howl's Moving Castle, was also nominated; but it did not take the win. Since then, Miyazaki has been a part of several titles for Studio Ghibli. He directed the 2008/2009 release Ponyo; and was the executive producer, as well as the writer to the screenplay, to 2012's The Secret World of Arriety.
With such an monumental career, perhaps it is a good time for Miyazaki to conclude his work and bow out. Though Studio Ghibli will continue to release animated film, there is no denying that the vision of Hayou Miyazaki will be missed as this ends such a historic legacy in the world of animation.
The Wind Rises will be hitting theaters in US; though no release date has been set.