Famed animator and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is coming out of retirement, and has announced that he will make a new, feature-length movie that will be based on the Japanese novel Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka, in English called How Do You Guys Live?
Fans of Miyazaki’s other films will not be surprised to learn that it not be a straight adaptation; rather, it is about a character whose life has been greatly influenced by the aforementioned book, which was written by Japanese novelist Genzaburo Yoshino in 1937.
Founder of the animation company Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki is well known among anime fans for his masterful films. Though they always contain breathtaking visuals and lovable characters, his films range from children’s fare to more adult work and feature themes such as growing up, artistic passion, war and how to navigate complex moral dilemmas.
Miyazaki planned to retire after 2013’s The Wind Rises, a fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, who designed planes used in World War II; the contrast of the character’s inventive idealism and the brutality of conflict was a very personal story for Miyazaki, whose own father ran a factory making planes during the war. However, late last year he announced plans to make a short children’s film called Boro the Caterpillar, which is expected out in 2018.
Fans of anime and animation in general are no doubt celebrating Miyazaki’s return to the director’s chair, but maybe we should not be too surprised; his former partner, Toshio Suzuki, once commented that the famed filmmaker will “draw storyboards until he dies” in a TV special fittingly titled The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki.
Unfortunately, How Do You Guys Live? likely will not be released until either 2021 or 2022.