One More Miyazaki Film.

Domenico, via Flickr.

Domenico, via Flickr.

Serial retirer and Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, in a new special that aired yesterday on Japanese television, announced that he is working on a 13th feature-length film. In an interview, the director of Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle says he is “not satisfied” with his first CGI film, a short called Boro the Caterpillar. According to NHK’s film, The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki, the filmmaker has had a change of heart and submitted a proposal to Studio Ghibli for a feature-length version of the story in August.


At the end of the special, he proposes the feature Boro, outlining a completion date of 2019, just before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 76-year-old wonders aloud, “Maybe I’ll be alive?”

Miyazaki will be 78 when the film is finished, and faces the possibility that he might die before then with a signature stoicism. “I think it’s still better to die when you are doing something than dying when you are doing nothing,” he says in another scene. “It’s better to think about not dying when you die.”

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  1. rq says

    My Neighbour Totoro is a favourite in our house, and I’m absolutely in love with the soundtrack for Castle in the Sky. But we’re fans of pretty much all his films (that we’ve managed to see). Another movie from Miyazaki for the collection!

  2. intransitive says

    My favourite Miyazaki film is not most people’s first choice, but it’s a good one: The Castle Of Cagliostro. In most Lupin III anime films and TV shows, the character is often amoral, but in Miyazaki’s “Cagliostro”, he is a ‘thief with a heart of gold’. It’s definitely more Miyazaki than Monkey Punch.

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