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After having his latest film The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) screened at the Venice Film Festival, Hayao Miyazaki has just retired. Announced by the head of Studio Ghibli, Koji Hoshino, to reporters who were stunned to hear about the retirement of this animation legend. Variety reports that Hoshino stated that after making eleven features, Miyazaki is planning to retire. Hoshino didn't give any other details, other than Miyazaki himself shall be holding a press conference in Tokyo.
The Wind Rises, is a historical fantasy, that gives a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who invented the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter airplane that was used by the Japanese in World War II. The film is based on a manga that Miyazaki had created for Model Graphix in 2009.
The Wind Rises shall be premiering in the U.S. on September 29th at the New York Film Festival.