Hayao Miyazaki's Retirement Is Officially Over

Back in 2013, Hayao Miyazaki retired from feature filmmaking, saying, "This time is for real." Now, his long time producer says Miyazaki is coming out of retirement for another full-length movie. 

Even though he had retired from features, Miyazaki continued to come into Studio Ghibli and work. After initially stepping away from directing features, Miyazaki began learning how to animate on a computer and was working on a CG short called Kemushi no Boro. As Kotaku previously reported last fall, Miyazaki wanted to turn that into a feature. 

Miyazaki pitched Suzuki the idea, but there was no official decision on whether or not the movie would be made. Nothing was official.

During an a pre-Oscars interview with Toshio Suzuki for The Red Turtle, the producer apparently confirmed that, yes, Miyazaki is now working on a new feature film.

Note that this is a correspondent for Kyodo News, one of Japan's largest news agencies:

According to the published Kyodo report, Suzuki said that Miyazaki has come out of retirement and was currently at work. "Right now in Tokyo, he's putting all his effort into making it [the feature]." Suzuki is producing the picture.

As reported previously, the idea was to have the film out before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


    He's Japan's very own John Farnham!

      Australians have a great reputation for this sort of thing- take Dame Nellie Melba's many retirements.

    When he dies there'll be a huge funeral, then six months later an announcement will pop up that he's come back to do another film.

    I guess it's time we add a third clause to the old saying;
    From now on it's "three things in life are inevitable, death and taxes...and Miyazaki refusing to stay retired."

    Miyazaki has stated many times that he hates not doing anything and doesn't like the direction modern anime tends to go with sexualisation and too much fan service.

    Personally: I want him to make the long awaited Porco Rosso sequel "The Last Sortie" set during the Spanish Civil war.

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