There’s pretty much nothing more exciting in the world of nerd-dom than a hint or even a rumor of a new Miyazaki movie. And now it’s coming true!
I am so excited for this. I’ve been obsessed with Miyazaki since I was in Jr. High, when I first saw Princess Mononoke. I love the english-dubbed versions, and I’ve also watched the japanese ones with subtitles, which are just as great (since you’re really hearing it the way he intended).
I was super sad when he announced that he was retiring a couple years ago. Miyazaki said he was done with making big movies that took years to produce, and he wanted to focus more on smaller projects, short movies, and special stories that weren’t quite as elaborate to tell.
In a recent Japanese TV documentary, Miyazaki is interviewed and quoted as being very disappointed with one of his short projects in its 12-minute form, and wanting to start making it into a full-length feature film! Apparently, he’s already started work on the bigger version, even though it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet outside of that documentary. He said he’s not sure how long it might take to finish, but he wants it to be done for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.
I’m so, so excited. SO excited. It’s called Kemushi no Boro, which means “Boro, the caterpillar” in Japanese, and it’s all about a tiny caterpillar. Sounds good to me-it sort of sounds like a Roald Dahl book, which isn’t anything to be ashamed of. Here’s the article I found it in: http://www.theverge.com/2016/11/14/13621108/hayao-miyazaki-last-film-boro-the-caterpillar
He’s been working on this story for more than 20 years, apparently. That’s a relief to me, because I’m so wary of sequels and surprise new project these days. I mean, look at Rogue One, or the story of Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman. I have to admit, I ended up reading Watchman in the end. I told myself I wouldn’t because of the circumstances it came out under, but I thought it was excusable just to be able to talk about it objectively. And I think that in the end, it’s pretty obvious that it was never meant to be published, and that Lee would never in her right mind have put it out in that state, especially since she had been adamant about never publishing again until immediately after her protective sister died. Ugh.
Anyway, I trust Miyazaki completely. And my faith in creators like him has been restored thanks to J.K. Rowling. Fantastic Beasts is one of my favorite movies ever now, and it didn’t feel at all like a retread or a bid for money, which is more than I can say for the Hobbit movies, much to my dismay. God, I wish they had given Peter Jackson more time on those!
Well, up to 5 years is a long time to wait with bated breath, so I’m not gonna say I’ll be anxious from now until it comes out. Still, it’s comforting to know that Miyazaki is hard at work. It sort of makes it feel like everything’s right with the world.