Oscar-winning filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is set to retire.
The director's animation studio said that The Wind Rises - which is in competition at the Venice Film Festival - will be his last movie.
Koju Hoshino announced Miyazaki's intention to retire, but declined to take questions, explaining that there would be a news conference in Tokyo.
"He wants to say goodbye to all of you, " the Studio Ghibli president said.
Miyazaki was not in Venice for the international premiere of his film. His Italian distributor said he stayed in Japan for the domestic release.
The 72-year-old is one of animation's most-admired and successful directors. He won an Oscar for Spirited Away in 2003, and a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in 2005.
The Wind Rises, Miyazaki's 11th feature film, is a fantasy-filled look at the man who designed Japan's World War II fighter planes.