Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki — Trailer


added: Fri, Sep 28th '18

Back in 2013, shortly before the release of his "final" feature film "The Wind Rises," world-famous Japanese animator/filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, who made such hand-drawn animated masterpieces as "Princess Mononoke," "Spirited Away," and "Howl's Moving Castle," shocked his fans when he announced his retirement from filmmaking.

Cut to: three years later, in the fall of 2016, Miyazaki, who is also famous for being the co-founder of the award-winning Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli, once again shocked his fans when he announced he was coming out of retirement to embark on his first ever computer animated project, a 14-minute short film called "Boro the Caterpillar."

"Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki" is a fly-on-the-wall documentary that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Miyazaki's return to the world of animation as the 77-year-old master animator faces the challenges of a new medium -- computer animation.

Directed by Kaku Arakawa, the 70-minute documentary, which aired on Japanese television back in 2016, will make its U.S. debut later this year, courtesy of U.S. animation distributor GKIDS films.

In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn't shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he's past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.


directed by   Kaku Arakawa

release date   Winter 2016 (U.S. release)

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