Legendary filmmaker and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to direct one more feature.
Why? Because he “wanted to”, the 80-year-old Miyazaki confirmed in a recent interview with The New York Times, adding that he still had one more story to tell.
That story is How Do You Live?, an adaptation of the 1937 novel by Genzaburô Yoshino that depicts the psychological growth of a 15-year-old boy through his interactions with friends and an uncle, and how he fits into society. Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki promises it will be “fantasy on a grand scale.”
We wouldn’t expect anything else from the visionary filmmaker behind Ghibli classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and the Oscar-winning Spirited Away.
Miyazaki announced his retirement in 2013 after completing his last feature, The Wind Rises, but did return to direct a short in 2018 called Boro the Caterpillar. Having directed eleven films over the course of 34 years, How Do You Live? will be his first feature in almost a decade.