Hayao Miyazaki retires from feature films

Hayao Miyazaki

Studio Ghibli director Koji Hoshino has announced that the legendary director, Hayao Miyazaki will “retire from the production of feature-length films.”

Hayao Miyazaki’s rise to fame started in the 1970s with such TV shows as Lupin III, Future Boy Conan and Sherlock Hound. When he had the chance to jump into the director’s chair for the first time he produced Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro in 1979. After great success with his debut feature animation he then adapted the beginning of his Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind manga into an anime in 1984; soon after he and director Isao Takahata founded Studio Ghibli and titles such as:

  • Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Porco Rosso
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Spirited Away
  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • Ponyo
  • and finally, The Wind Rises.

As it stands, Spirited Away remains the highest earning film ever at the Japanese box office, 12 years after it opened in 2001. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Film in 2003. While Hayao Miyazaki will be retiring from full feature films, there is still hope that he would be open to directing shorter animated movies in the future.

We at eMagi and all of his fans wish Hayao Miyazaki a great retirement and a special thanks for all the memories generated from his movies.