For fans who were hoping that the news of Hayao Miyazaki‘s retirement from filmmaking was just a hoax or a bad dream, Friday’s press conference officially dashed their dreams to some extent. The beloved veteran anime director officially announced that he was finished with making feature films, but that he was still not done working. “I will be free. I would like to do something else,” he said.
There were still some of his millions of fans around the world who were hoping it was a false alarm, as Miyazaki has announced his retirement before, only to take it back later on. However, during the solemn press briefing in Tokyo, he said “this time it’s real.” During the question and answer session with the reporters, he talked about how in his previous film, Ponyo, released in 2008, it took him five years to finish it “because of his age” and he was afraid that in his next film, it would take him seven years to create it. He also shared that he found the drawing and directing a tiring process already and that his eyesight is not what it used to be. He even had to begin leaving the office earlier than his usual because he felt drained by fatigue. “I feel my days of feature films are done. If I say I want to [carry on], it would be like an old man saying something foolish,” he admitted.
The critically acclaimed director of such films as My Neighbour Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle said in his official retirement statement that he would still like to continue on working “for another ten years” at Studio Ghibli, which he co-founded with fellow anime filmmaker Isao Takahata. But feature filmmaking is definitely out of the question, although he still remained vague about whether he will go into creating short films, saying he is now “free to do something else” and it may or may not involve animation. One thing he is clear about is that the young animators now at Studio Ghibli will “decide the future”. When asked what was his favorite of all of his films, he said it is Howl’s Moving Castle. “I wanted to convey the message that life is worth living, and I don’t think that’s changed,” shared Miyazaki.
[ via Den of Geek ]