Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has held a press conference in Tokyo to speak about his recently announced retirement. Last Sunday in Venice, Koju Hoshino, president of Miyazaki’s production company Studio Ghibli, said that the anime master’s competition film, The Wind Rises, would be his last. Today, Miyazaki said he would “like to work for at least 10 more years, but I think that making feature films is no longer my job.” Miyazaki acknowledged he has said he would stop making features before, but today he reiterated that he was serious this time, according to local media reports. “I’m going to be free. At the same time, as long as I can drive my car to the studio, I’ll go. If there are things I want to do, then I will,” he said without elaborating. Speaking of The Wind Rises, Miyazaki said the film took five years to make. A new film “would take six or seven years. I’m going to be 73 years old and I would be 80 by the end.” The director is considering getting more involved in his venerable studio’s Ghibli Museum, joking he might become an exhibit. Producer Toshio Suzuki also noted that the studio’s next film, after Isao Takahata’s November release The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, will be out in Japan next summer, although he did not reveal details.
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