It was announced by GKIDS and Fathom Events that the documentary Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki is coming to U.S. theaters this December. It is slated to run in over 500 U.S. theaters on December 13 and again on December 18. All screenings will occur at 7:30 pm and will contain English subtitles. The documentary originally aired in Japan in 2016 and later with English subtitles on NHK World’s website in 2017. The Japan Society screened the documentary in New York in September 2017 as well.
GKIDS describes Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki as follows:
In 2013, film director and animator Hayao Miyazaki suddenly announced his retirement at the age of 72. But he couldn’t shake his burning desire to create. After an encounter with young CGI animators, Miyazaki embarked on a new endeavor, his first project ever to utilize CGI. But the artist, who had been adamant about hand-drawn animation, confronted many challenges. The film even faces the danger of being cancelled. Can an old master who thinks he’s past his prime shine once again? This program goes behind the scenes over two years as Miyazaki overcomes struggles to create his short film using CGI.
An official trailer for the documentary has been released by GKIDS and can be viewed below:
Word is still out on whether or not the documentary was a mistake (sorry, I couldn’t resist).