Hayao Miyazaki, the director and founder of Studio Ghibli is to retire.
Speaking at a press conference at the Venice Film Festival on Sunday, Ghibli’s president Koju Hoshino said: “He wants to say goodbye to all of you.”
Miyazaki, 72, has directed the now classic anime films; Spirited Away, Ponyo, Princess Mononoke and Howl’s Moving Castle. He also wrote My Neighbour Totoro and From Up On Poppy Hill, released recently (our review here).
His latest film, The Wind Rises, will be his last film. It is about the man who designed Japan’s WW2 fighter planes. The film will screen at the Venice Film Festival and will be released in the UK next year.