VENICE, Veneto (AFP):

Japan’s Hayao Miyazaki, a director of feature-length animations and manga artist who has been compared to Walt Disney, is retiring after a four-decade career, the head of his production company said Sunday. “Miyazaki has decided that ‘Kaze Tachinu’ will be his last film and he will now retire,” Koji Hoshino, head of Studio Ghibli, which was co-founded by Miyazaki, told reporters at the Venice film festival.

 The film, entitled “The Wind Rises” in English, tells the fictional story of a fighter jet designer and is one of 20 movies competing for the Golden Lion award at the festival on the floating city’s Lido island. Hoshino did not give any further details, saying only that Miyazaki would hold a press briefing in Tokyo.