Leg­end’s ‘last’ film

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - CINEMA -

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.

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