Saturday, September 7, 2013
Retiring Director Miyazaki Says He Really Means It This Time
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Delivering news dreaded by fans around the world, Hayao Miyazaki, the animation genius who won acclaim for his vivid, captivating works, said Friday that he will retire from making feature-length movies.
- Hayao Miyazaki
"I've created a stir several times before by saying that I'll quit, but this time I'm serious," he said at a news conference in Tokyo.
The 72-year-old director cited that it took five years from his previous movie, "Ponyo," to create "The Wind Rises," which is currently playing in theaters.
"No matter how hard I try to remain physically fit, my ability to focus is dwindling," he said. "My days of making feature-length anime are clearly over.
"Having to follow a schedule was always tough," he said, looking back at a directing career that began more than 30 years with "The Castle of Cagliostro."
"I've never created a work that you know exactly how it will turn out," he added.
Asked what message he hoped to convey through his works, Miyazaki replied, "I wanted to let children know that this world is worth living in."
Although he will stop making movies at his production company, Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki said he hopes to continue working for about 10 more years. One of the tasks he has in mind is retouching exhibits at the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo's Mitaka.
"I'd like to keep going to the studio as long as I can drive a car," he said. "I consider myself an old man working at a small factory. I don't want to become a man of culture."
The news conference was attended by more than 600 members of the media, including from France, South Korea and other countries.
(The Nikkei, Sept. 7 morning edition)