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Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki (Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese manga artist and prominent film director and animator of many popular anime feature films. Through a career that has spanned nearly five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a maker of animated feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, an animation studio and production company. The success of Miyazaki's films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park as well as Robert Zemeckis, who pioneered Motion Capture animation, and he has been named one of the most influential people by Time Magazine. Miyazaki began his career at Toei Animation as an in-between artist for Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon where he pitched his own ideas that eventually became the movie's ending. He continued to work in various roles in the animation industry over the decade until he was able to direct his first feature film Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro which was published in 1979. After the success of his next film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, he co-founded Studio Ghibli where he continued to produce many feature films until Princess Mononoke whereafter he temporarily retired. While Miyazaki's films have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown to the West until Miramax released his 1997 film, Princess Mononoke. Princess Mononoke was the highest-grossing film in Japan—until it was eclipsed by another 1997 film, Titanic—and the first animated film to win Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards. Miyazaki returned to animation with Spirited Away. The film topped Titanic's sales at the Japanese box office, also won Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards and was the first anime film to win an American Academy Award. Miyazaki's films often incorporate recurrent themes, such as humanity's relationship to nature and technology, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. Reflecting Miyazaki's feminism, the protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women. Miyazaki is a vocal critic of capitalism and globalization.[3] While two of his films, The Castle of Cagliostro and Castle in the Sky, involve traditional villains, his other films such as Nausicaa or Princess Mononoke present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities.

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Jan 5, 1941 In Tokyo
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The World, The Journey Of My Heart - Traveler: Animation Film Director Hayao Miyazaki 1998-05-09
Latest Project:
Movie Hideaki Anno: The Final Challenge of Evangelion 2021-03-22
Known For
Poster of The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Poster of Kurosawa's Way
Poster of 25th Anniversary Studio Ghibli Concert
Poster of Mei and the Kittenbus
Movie Hideaki Anno: The Final Challenge of Evangelion Self 2021-03-22
Movie Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki Self 2016-11-13
Movie Isao Takahata and His Tale of the Princess Kaguya Self 2014-11-27
Movie Miwa: A Japanese Icon Himself 2013-08-31
Movie The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness Self 2013-11-16
Movie Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo Giant robot (voice) 2012-07-10
Movie Kurosawa's Way Self 2011-05-13
Movie Ghibli's Scenery: The Japan Depicted by Miyazaki's Works 2008-06-01
Movie 25th Anniversary Studio Ghibli Concert Self - Filmmaker 2008-08-31
Movie A Ghibli Artisan - Kazuo Oga Exhibition - The One Who Drew Totoro's Forest Self 2007-12-19
Movie Ghibli and The Miyazaki Mystery Self - Interviewee 2005-01-07
Movie Yasuo Ōtsuka's Joy in Motion himself 2004-07-23
Movie Hayao Miyazaki Produces a CD Self 2004-08-06
Movie The Art of 'Spirited Away' Self 2003-04-15
Movie Mei and the Kittenbus Neko Bâchan (Voice) 2002-10-01
Movie Imaginary Flying Machines Le cochon 2002-10-02
Movie "The Ornithopter Story: Fly, Hiyodori Tengu!" Himself 2002-10-02
Movie The Nippon Television Special Himself 2001-07-15
Movie The World, The Journey Of My Heart - Traveler: Animation Film Director Hayao Miyazaki Himself 1998-05-09
Movie How Princess Mononoke Was Born Self 1998-06-26