Celebrated filmmaker and Studio Ghibli legend Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement to make one last film.
During an interview with the New York Times, the 80-year-old Japanese filmmaker confirmed again that he will make one more film, a feature film project called How do you live?
When asked why he was making another movie, Miyazaki replied, “Because I wanted to.”
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Miyazaki had originally announced his retirement in 2013, but later made a short film for the Ghibli Museum titled Earwig and the Witch with his son, Goro Miyazaki. Then in 2018, Miyazaki announced that it would be coming out of retirement one more time.
“[He] I needed to create something to live with, basically, ”Goro said of his father’s return to the movies.
Although the details of his next feature film are scarce, How Do You Live? It will be based on a 1937 novel by Genzaburo Yoshino. Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki described the film as “fantasy on a grand scale.”
The only other detail that Suzuki would share is that he sees himself in one of the characters in the film, who is not human.
The 1937 novel How do you live? tells the story of Junichi Honda, 15, after the death of his father. The young man, known by his nickname Koperu (in honor of the astronomer Copernicus), goes to live with his uncle and finds himself living very differently: the book is about perspective, the structure of society and how Koperu sees how he fits in. .
The book ends with the narrator asking the question: “How do you live?”
Although, how do you live? has been in the works since 2018, this latest interview offers one more statement of intent: it’s coming. Precisely when it remains to be seen. But the studio previously said it hopes the film to be completed in the next three years.
When asked how you would answer the question “How do you live?” Miyazaki replied, “I’m making this movie because I don’t have the answer.”
But will this really be Miyazaki’s last movie?
“In the West, we always need to know how things end,” Suzuki said. “In Ghibli, the last scene is usually a mystery.”
Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.