During Nishioka’s CBC interview at the Toronto International Film Festival of The Boy and the Heron, which has been reported as Miyazaki’s final film, he revealed that the filmmaker doesn’t see The Boy and the Heron as his last work. “Other people say that this might be his last film, but he doesn’t feel that way at all,” he said with a translator. “He is currently working on ideas for a new film. He comes into his office every day and does that. This time, he’s not going to announce his retirement at all. He’s continuing working just as he has always done.”
Set during World War II, The Boy and the Heron is described as “a semi-autobiographical fantasy about life, death, and creation, in tribute to friendship” and follows the story of Mahito, a young boy attempting to come to terms with the death of his mother. After relocating with his father, he discovers a world “shared by the living and the dead,” where “death comes to an end, and life finds a new beginning.”
The Boy and the Heron makes its wide US premiere on December 8.
In case you missed it, check out the film’s full trailer.