Hayao Miyazaki

Hiyao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941. Even though he graduated from political sciences and economics, Miyazaki always wanted to work on animation since he watched Hakujaden, the first color feature-length Japanesse animation. In 1963 he started working at the studio Toei Douga; from that point on, he was involved in many early classics of Japanese animation such as Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon, Hols: Prince of the Sun and Puss in Boots. Miyazaki left Toei in 1971 for A Pro, where he co-directed six episodes of the first Lupin III series with Isao Takahata. In 1979 he directed his first movie The Castle of Cagliostro, which was a part of the Lupin III series.

After producing a few amount of movies and gaining recognition, Miyazaki wrote and directed the film NausicaƤ of the Valley of the Wind in 1984; with the money earned Studio Ghibli was finally a real proposal. he has produced nearly all of his subsequent work through it. His first three sucessful movies were: Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986) My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro, 1988) and Kiki's Delivery Service (1989). The pick point for Miyazaki's, however, did not arrive until Princess Mononoke. With this movie he received the Japan Academy Award for Best Film and was the highest-grossing (about US$150 million) domestic film in Japan's history until it was taken over by another Miyazaki work, Spirited Away in 2001. In July 2004, Miyazaki completed the production on Howl's Moving Castle, a film adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' fantasy novel. His final and last production was Gake no Ue no Ponyo.

 

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His movies have won on several different festivals; twice at the Venice International Film Festival, Best Picture at the 2001 Japanese Academy Awards, Golden Bear (First Prize) at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival, the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and the Japanese Academy Awards.

 

FURTHER READING

Interviews:

A god among animators
Hayao Miyazaki's hand-crafted fables have made him Japan's most successful film-maker. In a rare interview, he talks to Xan Brooks

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2005/sep/14/japan.awardsandprizes

The interview below is a report of the debate / press conference Miyazaki gave in Paris in late December 09

www.midnighteye.com/interviews/hayao_miyazaki.shtml

Websites of interest:

Ghibli:

www.ghibliworld.com

http://www.onlineghibli.com

Anime:

www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia

Fan websites:

http://www.nausicaa.net/wiki/Main_Page

http://www.witch-hunter.net/miyazaki/miyazaki.php

http://www.anime.com/Hayao_Miyazaki/