Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki–Docu of Seminal Director and Oscar Winning Animator (Spirited Away)

GKIDS, the producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has acquired the  American distribution rights for the docu feature Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, helmed by Kaku Arakawa.

NEVER-ENDING MAN: HAYAO MIYAZAKI follows film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki as he experiments for the first time with CGI.

Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist.

In 1985 he co-founded Studio Ghibli and went on to direct highly influential and acclaimed animated films such as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke.

Spirited Away won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003.

Miyazaki’s critical and commercial success continued through his final run of films including Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises.

After the 2013 release of The Wind Rises, he announced his retirement from directing, however his inventive mind has turned towards new creative avenues.

“GKIDS is excited to be able to share this intimate, unfiltered, and incredibly insightful look at Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, at home and in the studio, as he struggles to complete his latest film”, says GKIDS CEO Eric Beckman. “Spending this much face time with Miyazaki is a rare treat, for fans and non-fans alike, as we witness in real time the passions, frustrations, irritations, and childlike enthusiasm of an acknowledged legend, acutely aware that he may be creating his final work, and striving to make something vital. More than a portrait of a filmmaker, the film is a window into the life, philosophy and essence of an artist in the act of creation.”