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In an interview that the Japanese website Hollywood Channel posted on Sunday, Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki revealed that studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki's next work is "not the sort of work that everyone in the audience can relax and watch."
Suzuki explained Miyazaki's intent for his new work, "It's not because of the [March 11 earthquake and tsunami] disaster, since he already predicted the current state of Japan during the planning stages [of his next work]. So, there was a desire to create something realistic." Suzuki was not able to say much more about the new work from the Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away director before its official unveiling.
Suzuki spoke with Hollywood Channel mainly about the DVD release of TOHO's classic Jirochō Sangokushi film series about historical yakuza. Suzuki had already said in August that Miyazaki's new work is an "autobiography." However, Suzuki's vague phrasing in Japanese did not indicate if the work is Miyazaki's own autobiography, or an adaptation of another person's autobiography.
Last week, Ghibli had listed staff positions for the next animation feature film from Ghibli's other co-founding director, Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday). According to the job listing, the film is "slated to be completed in Summer of 2013." Suzuki had hinted in 2009 that Takahata was working on a project based on the classic Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter) in the style of the classical Japanese scroll Chōjū-jinbutsu-giga.
[Via My Game News Flash]