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Hayao Miyazaki Reveals Details About Next Film

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With a repertoire of classic anime films like My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away under his belt, Miyazaki declared he was leaving the movie world with The Wind Rises as his last feature film.

However, after it was revealed that Miyazaki was spending every day of his retirement at the Ghibli animation studio, it wasn’t long before the retired director announced he would be creating a short 10-minute film to be screened as one of the exclusive shorts shown at the Ghibli Museum.

With the short, called Boro the Caterpillar, yet to be shown at the museum, fans were in for another surprise when it was announced that Miyazaki would be coming out of retirement to make one last feature film. According to the director, this move was inspired by his desire to leave an anime behind for his grandson.

With this emotional desire behind his decision to come out of retirement, many have been waiting for more news about what the feature film might be like. Which brings us to this weekend, when the 76-year-old director announced the title of his upcoming feature at an event held at Waseda University on October 28 to commemorate the opening of Shinjuku’s Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum.

Miyazaki’s new film will be called Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka, which translates to How Will You Live?, and will be loosely based on the 1937 novel of the same name, written by Genzaburo Yoshino (1899-1981). Yoshino was a journalist, critic, translator and author of children’s literature, who made a name for himself as the founding editor of monthly pro-democracy opinion journal Sekai (World), which became a highly influential publication in postwar Japan.

Yoshino’s best-selling novel has also been reproduced as a manga (top right).

According to Miyazaki, the original Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka novel will hold great meaning for the main character of his upcoming film. The novel itself features a teenage protagonist who ponders on some of life’s most philosophical issues.

Despite previously giving himself a 2020 deadline for his new feature anime, Miyazaki now says that the movie will take three to four years to complete. While that seems like an excruciatingly long time away, it still gives us plenty of time to rewatch all his previous classics.

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