Some folks live by the words, “Keep Calm and Carry On,” but not Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazki who will clearly die by the words, “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop.” A new documentary entitled Never-Ending Man has been crafted about the legendary animator and NHK World TV debuted its first trailer.
Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki will focus on the life of the Academy Award-winning filmmaker as he exits retirement for one last job. It was back in 2013 that he announced he would be stepping down after he finished The Wind Rises, but as the trailer conveys, retirement was not for him.
The documentary was directed by Kaku Arakawa, who started filming the documentary after Miyazaki’s retirement announcement. From what is revealed, Miyazaki discovers a new found appreciation for CGI artistry and sense of vigor toward a short film project involving a little caterpillar. Never-Ending-Man will take fans behind-the-scenes to see how this 12-minute short, Boro the Caterpillar, was made.
Miyazaki is a machine who has been in the animation game since 1985 when he opened Studio Ghibli with Toshi Suzuki, Isao Takahata, and Yasuyoshi Tokuma. He is the Walt Disney of Japan, having created iconic anime films, such as Academy Award-winner Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbor Totoro, The Wind Rises, and many more.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Never-Ending Man, courtesy of NHK World TV:
In 2013, Oscar-winning film director and animator, Hayao Miyazaki, suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But after an encounter with young CGI artists, the director of Spirited Away decided to embark on a new artistic endeavour. This candid documentary follows Miyazaki as he crafts his first CGI film in an intimate behind-the-scenes portrait filmed over two years.
Directed by Kaku Arakawa, Never-Ending Man is set to air on Japan’s NHK World TV on June 3 and 4, 2017.
Source: NHK World TV