Miyazaki Announces the Title of His "Last" Animated Movie

Miyazaki Announces the Title of His "Last" Animated Movie

Nov 02, 2017

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Seeing The Wind Rises in 2013 was a bittersweet experience. On one hand, it was yet another triumph from Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (above). On the other hand, it was reported to be his final film.

Still, a part of me had a suspicion that like many artists, retirement simply wasn’t in the cards for Miyazaki. Shortly thereafter, rumblings out of Studio Ghibli (the animation studio Miyazaki co-founded in 1985) confirmed that the master was back to work.

The Oscar-winning director behind such films as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro has now announced the title of his next feature-length project. While speaking at the opening of a new museum at Tokyo's Waseda University, Miyazaki took the opportunity to unveil a project of his own: Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka, which translates to How Do You Guys Live? The title comes from a 1937 book by Genzaburo Yoshino, an author of children’s literature. [THR]

However, the movie is not necessarily an adaptation. Miyazaki explained, "The film is about how this particular book featured prominently in the protagonist's life." It sounds like Miyazaki will continue exploring WWII-era Japan. (The Wind Rises told the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed the infamous Mitsubishi A6M Zero aircraft.) I am already skeptical that this one will be his "last" film. In any case, it will be a few years before it’s finished, as hand-drawn anime of this caliber takes an awfully long time.

Princess Mononoke

In the meantime, if you haven’t discovered the magic of Miyazaki’s films it’s better late than never! You cannot go wrong by starting with the likes of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, two family-friendly adventures that lead you into wondrous worlds and defy protagonist/antagonist tropes in the process. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and Princess Mononoke (above) are among his best works; these action-fantasy epics are better suited for older audiences, but boast the same attention to detail that sets his films apart.

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