Hayao Miyazaki News & Update: Acclaimed Japanese Director Returns To Filmmaking; ‘Spirited Away’ Back This December!

By M PEO , Updated Nov 16, 2016 04:59 AM EST

The man behind the great animated feature "Spirited Away" Hayao Miyazaki is returning and plans to create another animated film. He announced his retirement last 2003, but the animator wants to come back despite his age.

The acclaimed Japanese anime director, Hayao Miyazaki teased last Sunday on a TV special that he is developing his last animated feature film. His return to filmmaking put his retirement to end. The fans of his works are excited about his last movie.

According to Anime News Network, Hayao Miyazaki's plan of returning to the film industry was revealed in a TV special on the NHK network. The documentary "Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao" or in English translation "The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki" showed Miyazaki while he was working on a short film for Ghibli Museum.

Hayao Miyazaki revealed that he's not satisfied with the short film he's working on and he plans to make "Kemushi no Boro" ("Boro the Caterpillar") a full-length film. The Japanese animator proposed his plan to Studio Ghibli last August, but there is no confirmation yet if this will push through.

It was shown in the documentary that Hayao Miyazaki created his timetable of when he can finish the animated film. He said that "it's still better to die when you are doing something than dying when you are doing nothing." The 75-year-old director plans to complete the movie by 2019, just in time before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 starts, Kotaku reported.

Although the Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki was with Hayao Miyazaki in the documentary, he did not comment if the full-length animated feature will happen. Despite of this, Miyazaki will still continue his project and plans to create storyboards about the 100 cuts of footage.

Meanwhile, the Academy Award-winning "Spirited Away," of Hayao Miyazaki will also be returning to over 400 U.S. theaters this December. The film showing will only last for two days on December 4, at 12:00 p.m. and on December 5, at 7:00 p.m. that was brought by Fathom Events and its partner GKids.  


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