NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI
02.01.19
Dominique Vautrin

Director Kaku Arakawa followed Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki for two years after they ceased their activity, with a complicity and delicacy that allowed him to show the master of Japanese animation as we have never seen him before.

In 2013, at the age of 72, Hayao Miyazaki, an Oscar-winning director at the height of his fame, surprised everyone with the sudden announcement of his retirement. Very quickly, despite this decision, the master had difficulty curbing his lifelong passion for creation. So he starts again, in the solitude of a Studio Ghibli now reduced to its quintessence, to explore new ideas. For the first time in a long career dedicated to traditional animation, he is wondering about the use of new technologies. Between doubt and the attraction of novelty, the old master lets himself be filmed as closely as possible for two years by an accomplice and friend director. We discover the backstage of Hayao Miyazaki’s legendary work through the intimate and respectful eyes of director Kaku Arakawa, who offers us a unique opportunity to observe Hayao Miyazaki in the exercise of his art in the face of the new challenges he faces in directing his new film BORO LA CHENILLE. A twilight work that leads to a rebirth.