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Animator Hayao Miyazaki Retiring After 'The Wind Rises'


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Hayao Miyazaki is retiring after five decades creating critically acclaimed animation films.

The announcement was made at the Venice Film festival by Studio Ghibli head, Koji Hoshino, who said "Miyazaki has decided that Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) will be his last film, and he will now retire." Miyazaki also heads Studio Ghibli but was not present at the festival. Further details of Miyazaki's retirement will be announced at a briefing in Tokyo next week, Variety reports. 

The 72-year-old is responsible for dozens of animated films including Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. His first involvement in an animated project began in 1963 and his career has spanned five decades. The Wind Rises, was written and directed by Miyazaki. The animation features the voices of such actors as Hideaki Anno (Evangelion), Mirai Shida (Reunion), Jun Kunimura (Kill Bill) and Hidetoshi Nishijima (Dolls). 

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Dolls Review


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This may not be the most boring film ever made, but it's probably safe to say it's a strain on the attention span. Only a director who enjoys some cult status, it seems to me, would attempt such a thing as using Japanese Bunraku puppets for a model of human behavior while carrying on tragic romances as though they're in some parallel universe. This 2002 film now hitting DVD bins is imagined by Takeshi Kitano (Zatoichi). For lovers of the exotic, the reflective, or the stubbornly abstruse, it may pay off. Apart from some stunning visuals, it didn't for me.

After a short prelude in which a Bunraku tragedy is staged as a framework for what is to follow, three intersecting human stories are told simultaneously in a tedious 114 minutes of mystification. In the first, Sawako and boyfriend Matsumoto (Miho Kanno and Hidetoshi Nishijima) walk along public pathways, tied together with a red rope. This is meant for protection and identifies the pair as "'Bound Beggars,' aimless vagabonds to the outside world but desperate to find something forgotten," (according to the promo description).

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