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Hayao Miyazaki announces his retirement

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Chances are if you started to to enjoy anime at any point in your life, then you’ve seen a Hayao Miyazaki film at least once. The famed director has crafted animated masterpieces alongside his crew at Studio Ghibli for decades now, going from World War Two to all manner of fantasy.

He’s got one hell of a filmography under his belt. And it’s all coming to an end.


After releasing Kaze Tachinu/The Wind Rises, a film which examines the development of the Japanese fighter plane during WW2, Miyazaki will step down from active work. According to Japan’s Cinema Today, Studio Ghibli exec Kouji Hoshino announced last Sunday at the Venice Film Festival, where Kaze Tachinu is being shown, the news.

“Please understand that on that today, I won’t be able to answer any questions about the retirement,” Hoshino said to the press at the Venice Film Festival. “He sincerely wants to say good-bye to everyone.” Miyazaki himself will talk about his retirement later this week, but he’s left one hell of a mark on the cinematic landscape. Here’s a list of films that the veteran worked on:

  • The Castle of Cagliostro
  • Nausicaa of the valley of the wind
  • Castle in the sky
  • My neighbor Totoro
  • Kiki’s delivery service
  • Only yesterday
  • Porco Rosso
  • Pom Poko
  • Whisper of the heart
  • On your mark
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Spirited away
  • Whale hunt
  • Koro’s big day out
  • Mei and the kittenbus
  • Imaginary Flying Machines
  • The cat returns
  • Howl’s moving castle
  • Monmon the water spider
  • House-hunting
  • The day I harvested a planet
  • Ponyo
  • Mr Dough and the egg princess
  • The secret world of Arrietty
  • From up on Poppy Hill
  • The Wind Rises

Personally, Spirited Away has always been one of my favourite films from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki. What’s your favoruite?

Last Updated: September 2, 2013

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