According to Japan’s Cinema Today, Studio Ghibli exec Kouji Hoshino announced on Sunday at the Venice Film Festival that the famed director of My Neighbor Totoro and numerous other classic anime is retiring. Kaze Tachinu, which will be the 72 year-old Miyazaki’s final feature film, is being shown at the festival.

"Please understand that on that today, I won’t be able to answer any questions about the retirement," Hoshino explained to the international press at the Venice Film Festival. "He sincerely wants to say good-bye to everyone."

AuthorJordan Mohler