“Spirited Away” And “Ponyo” Director Retires; “The Wind Rises” To Be Last Movie

September 2, 2013

A long time ago, Oscar-winning Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki said he’d stop making movies after 1997’s Princess Mononoke. Luckily for anime fans he went on to make such pictures as Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and Miyazaki has announced his retirement. In Venice, Koju Hoshino, president of Miyazaki’s production company Studio Ghibli, announced that The Wind Rises will be the director’s last movie. There will be a special press conference held in Tokyo next week where Hoshino explains, “He wants to say goodbye to all of you”.

Wild Bunch co-founder Vincent Maraval said, “For me, he is simply the greatest animator that ever was.” He later calls it, “the end of an era”.

Maraval later added, “At the same time, he is ending on a masterpiece that leaves us with his great humanism and a vision of our century to contemplate.”

Disney is releasing The Wind Rises under the Touchstone Pictures banner in North America.

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