Hayao Miyazaki to Retire from anime film making
Jiji Press -- Sep 02
Leading Japanese animation film director Hayao Miyazaki will retire from movie production, it was learned Sunday.

According to participants in the ongoing Venice International Film Festival, Studio Ghibli Inc. President Koji Hoshino told a press conference in the Italian city that Miyazaki, 72, will retire with the latest full-length film, "The Wind Rises" (Kaze Tachinu), released on July 20. The movie, which features the chief engineer of the Zero fighter plane used in World War II, has become a box office hit drawing an audience of over 6.49 million as of last Monday.

After producing the "Future Boy Conan" (Mirai Shonen Konan) television animation series in the late 1970s, Miyazaki started his career as a movie director with "Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro." Later, he launched Studio Ghibli and released many animated features, including "My Neighbor Totoro" (Tonari no Totoro) and "Princess Mononoke" (Mononoke Hime).

スタジオジブリの宮崎駿監督が引退を表明し、世界に衝撃を与えている。星野康二社長が­9月1日、イタリアで開催中のベネチア国際映画祭で明らかにした。映画祭では最新作「­風立ちぬ」がノミネートされており、今作で監督を退くとしている。しかし宮崎監督の「­引退宣言」は今回が初めてではなく、ネットによると1986年の「天空の城ラピュタ」­後を皮切りに、これで5回目とか。そのため「実は数年後にやっぱり戻ってくるのでは」­との見方も少なくない。これも続投を望むファンが多いゆえか。ただ、ジブリの公式発表­は初であり「今度こそは」との声も。宮崎監督は9月6日に記者会見し、自ら理由を語る­という。

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