The Jakarta Post
Director Hayao Miyazaki attends 'Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea' at the the 65th Venice Film Festival on Aug. 31, 2008. (shutterstock.com/Denis Makarenko/File)
Although Japanese animation film director Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement in 2013, he is reportedly working on a new animated film based on a short project, Kemushi no Boro (Boro the Caterpillar).
Miyazaki’s decision to return was broadcast by NHK television during the program Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao (Hayao Miyazaki: The Man Who is Not Done) on Sunday, as reported by the Anime News Network.
Having planned the project for almost 20 years, Miyazaki referred to Kemushi no Boro as “the story of a tiny, hairy caterpillar, so tiny that it may be easily squished between your fingers”.
The animated film is actually a CG short project for Ghibli Museum.
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However, the director is apparently dissatisfied with it and wants to make a feature-film out of it, although he could be 80 years old by the time the film is finished as he plans for the film to be completed by 2019.
Miyazaki will reportedly continue with the project despite disapproval from the studio.
In 1986, Hayao Miyazaki became one of the most important figures behind the renowned Studio Ghibli, in addition to Isao Takahata, Yasuyoshi Tokuma and Toshio Suzuki.
The studio is popular for producing acclaimed animation features such as Spirited Away (2001), My Neighbor Totoro (1988) and Princes Mononoke (1997). (kes)
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