A few months ago we mentioned that Hayao Miyazaki was working on an autobiographical film of some kind. Now there is some indication of what’s in store thanks to a recent interview with Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki. According to Suzuki, the next Miyazaki film won’t be “the sort of work that everyone in the audience can relax and watch.” The film will be realistic rather than fantastical, and will examine contemporary Japanese culture. No doubt the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster at Fukushima earlier this year will be addressed in some fashion.
Twitch notes that Miyazaki has been a strong advocate against nuclear power. At one time, Studio Ghibli hung a banner from their building that read “Studio Ghibli Wants to Make Movies With Electricity That Isn’t From Nuclear Power.” There’s also a strong environmental component to Miyazaki’s works which will be interesting to see at play in a realistic, contemporary setting.
On the note of Miyazaki, be sure to keep an eye out for the Studio Ghibli retrospective, which starts in New York City in December, with future stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, and other major cities.[Via Twitch]