How Do You Live? will be Hayao Miyazaki’s upcoming film he is currently working on, the film which spawned from the frustration of the director’s retirement that all Studio Ghibli fans mourned worldwide. His son Goro told to IndieWire that he found retirement “so aimless” and he “needed to create something in order to live”.
In 2017, Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki announced that Hayao would be returning to make a new film for his grandson, which is believed to be his upcoming feature film How Do You Live?. “Miyazaki is making the new film for his grandson. It’s his way of saying, ‘Grandpa is moving on to the next world, but he’s leaving behind this film,’” Suzuki said at the time.
But Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, whose Ghibli film Earwig and the Witch is out later this year, said in a new interview with /Film that his dissatisfaction with retirement prompted Hayao to return to filmmaking. “He started with making a short film for the (Ghibli) museum, and then he went on to making his new feature-length film,” he said.
“Hayao Miyazaki’s wife, who is my mother, she used to say (to him), ‘I wish you would retire and take it easy and enjoy the rest of your life’. But recently, she’s come to accept the fact that he cannot stop creating, so she knows that, so she’ll be like, ‘Okay, if you’d rather create until the end of your life, then go to the studio, go to the office everyday.’”
Goro’s Earwig and the Witch is hitting HBO Max on February 5. Watch the official trailer below if you haven’t already.