Anime master Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli fame has just recently announced that he will be coming out of retirement once more to direct what looks to be his final feature, ‘Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka’ (‘How Do You Live?’) according to sources close to Studio Ghibli. It was previously believed that a feature-length adaptation of the Studio Ghibli short ‘Boro The Caterpillar’ would be the film Miyazaki was leaving retirement for as he had expressed hope of expanding the short in the past.
The film shares the same title as Genzaburo Yoshino’s novel ‘Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka’, a famous Japanese children’s novel from the late 1930’s and Miyazaki has stated “The film is about how this particular book featured prominently in the protagonist’s life,” and has said that, “It will take three to four years to complete the anime.”
I can’t wait to hear more about this film, Hayao Miyazaki is a master of his craft and one of the world’s greatest film directors. If this truly is his last feature-film it’s bound to be something special.