Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki Came Out of Retirement "in Order to Live"

According to his son Goro Miyazaki, the animation legend found his life "so aimless" without work

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Feb 5, 2021

Studio Ghibli founder Hayao Miyazaki officially retired back in 2013, but he's slowly been getting back to work "in order to live," as his son Goro Miyazaki puts it.

As Goro explained in a new interview with /Film, the legendary animator found retirement "so aimless," and eventually "Hayao needed to create something in order to live."

And slowly but surely, Hayao Miyazaki has been doing just that. In 2017, he announced he would be working a new feature film, which has since been given the title How Do You Live?

"Miyazaki is making the new film for his grandson. It's his way of saying, 'Grandpa is moving on to the next world, but he's leaving behind this film,'" Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said at the time.

But as Goro put it, there was a much more human — though less poetic — reason for doing the new film.

"Hayao Miyazaki's wife, who is my mother, she used to say [to him], 'I wish you would retire and take it easy and enjoy the rest of your life,'" Goro told /Film. "But recently, she's come to accept the fact that he cannot stop creating, so she knows that, so she'll be like, 'Okay, if you'd rather create until the end of your life, then go to the studio, go to the office every day.'"

As of yet, no firm release date has been given to How Do You Live?, but it's expected to arrive perhaps in 2021 or 2022.

As previously reported, Goro Miyazaki just released his new film Earwig and the Witch.

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