Coming to theates today, Wednesday December 13 and next Tuesday, December 18:
NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI
Japanese TV (November 2016)
Nippon Connection, Singapore, SF Japan
A look at legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki after his retirement.
Less than two years after announcing his retirement from filmmaking, the Studio Ghibli icon confesses to the filmmaker that he has a nagging desire to make something new. To this end, he meets with a group of young CGI animators to develop a short film about a caterpillar and finds himself revitalized and excited to create again. Arakawa goes behind the scenes as Miyazaki confronts the possibilities – and limits – of this new technology, facing inspiration, disappointment, and new realizations as the project transforms. The film captures the animation legend with candor at both his home and in the Studio Ghibli offices, and while its production values are better suited to broadcast than to theatres, it offers his legion of fans an insightful look at his creative process.