Hayao Miyazaki  

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Miyazaki Hayao (born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan) is the prominent director of many popular animated feature films. He is also the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, an animation studio and production company.

He remained largely unknown to the West, outside of animation communities, until Miramax released his 1999 Princess Mononoke. By that time, his films had already enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan and East Asia. Miyazaki's 2001 Spirited Away is the highest-grossing film of all time in Japan; Princess Mononoke had also briefly retained that distinction.

Miyazaki's films often incorporate common themes, such as humanity's relationship to nature and technology, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. The protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women; the villains, when present, are often morally ambiguous characters with redeeming qualities.

Miyazaki's films have generally been financially successful, and this success has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney. However, Miyazaki does not see himself as a person building an animation empire, but as an animator fortunate enough to have been able to make films with complete creative control. In 2006, Time Magazine voted Miyazaki one of the most influential Asians of the past 60 years.

Anime directed by Miyazaki that have won the Animage Anime Grand Prix award have been Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, Castle in the Sky in 1986, My Neighbor Totoro in 1988, and Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989.



Director filmography

Year Film Notes
1979 The Castle of Cagliostro Also co-writer
1984 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Also writer
1986 Castle in the Sky Also writer
1988 My Neighbor Totoro Also writer
1989 Kiki's Delivery Service Also writer and producer
1992 Porco Rosso Also writer
1995 On Your Mark Music video
1997 Princess Mononoke Also writer
2001 Spirited Away Also writer
Kujiratori Short film for Ghibli Museum, also writer
2002 Koro's Big Day Out Short film for Ghibli Museum, also writer
Mei and the Kittenbus Also writer
Imaginary Flying Machines Short film for Ghibli Museum, also writer
2004 Howl's Moving Castle Also writer
2008 Ponyo Also writer
2013 Kaze Tachinu(In Production) Also writer

Early works

Non-Directorial works

Short films

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