Legend’s ‘last’ film
Legendary director/animator Hayao Miyazaki claimed that 2013’s The Wind Rises was going to be his last film. However, the Oscar-winner later revealed he’d be returning with one last film and the title of that film has now been announced: Kimi-tachi wa Do Ikiru ka or How Do You Live? in English. The title comes from a 1937 book by Genzaburo Yoshino, a celebrated journalist and thinker (yes, those two things can go together) in post-war Japan. The story follows a man named Koperu and his uncle, with Koperu experiencing spiritual growth as he discusses how to live as a human being. Miyazaki says it will take three to four years to complete the anime.
This might sound like a long time for a film that has been in the works for quite some time, but Miyazaki has only drawn about 20 minutes of storyboards so far, which explains the timescale.
This isn’t the first time the man behind Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro and Ponyo, has retired and made a comeback.
At this point, Miyazaki’s “last film” is a bit like a Rolling Stones “farewell tour”, but like a Jagger fan who doesn’t mind seeing a septuagenarian wiggling awkwardly in leather trousers, I’ll keep getting excited about everything Miyazaki puts out.