With his retirement on hold, anime maestro Hayao Miyazaki revealed on Oct. 28 the title of his next feature film is an adaptation of the 1937 book “Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka” (How do you live?).
“The film is about how this particular book featured prominently in the protagonist’s life,” Miyazaki, 76, said at an event commemorating the opening of the Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum at Waseda University in Tokyo. “It will take three to four years to complete the anime.”
“Kimitachi wa Do Ikiru ka” is a highly acclaimed book written by Genzaburo Yoshino (1899-1981), a journalist who served as the chief editor of Sekai (The world), a progressive monthly magazine, for many years and was an opinion leader in postwar Japan.
Miyazaki announced earlier this year that he would work on a new anime, rescinding his retirement announcement in 2013 from feature films.
He discussed his new project with Kazutoshi Hando, an author and historian of modern Japan, before about 1,000 audience members during the event.
Miyazaki is known for directing “Spirited Away,” which won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003.
His last feature film was “The Wind Rises,” released in 2013 in Japan.