Studio Ghibli President Koji Hoshino announced on Sunday that studio founder and world-renowned anime filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki will “retire from the production of feature-length films.”

The announcement came during a press conference at Italy’s Venice Film Festival. Although the announcement says Miyazaki will retire from the production of feature-length films it doesn’t rule out the possibility of Miyazaki working on shorter projects.

Miyazaki is 72 years old. He first made an appearance in the anime world in the 1970s when he worked on TV anime series such as Lupin III, Future Boy Conan, and Sherlock Hound. He directed his first feature film, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro in 1979.

Lupin III

Lupin III

After working on Lupin III Miyazaki adapted his Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga into an anime film in 1984. After the success of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Miyazaki founded Studio Ghibli in June 1985 with fellow director Isao Takahata.

Miyazaki went on to create and direct many of Studio Ghibli’s most renowned feature films including Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle and Ponyo.

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Totoro

Miyazaki’s 11th film and latest feature film, The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu), has been playing in cinemas in Japan since July 20. New York Film Festival will host the film from September 28th but as of yet there’s no actual date for it to be shown publicly in cinemas in the US or Europe yet.

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The Wind Rises

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