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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 5, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Japan Profession: screenwriter, director, animator, storyboard artist, executive, editor, producer

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Long acknowledged as Japan's preeminent animator and director, Hayao Miyazaki remained a cult figure to American devotees of "manga" (Japanese comic books) and "anime" (Japanese animated features) until the 1999 US release one of his undisputed masterworks, "Princess Mononoke" (1997). Acquired by Miramax and redubbed into English using a script by Neil Gaiman and the vocal talents of actors such as Claire Danes and Billy Crudup, "Princess Mononoke" introduced the richly crafted animation and superb storytelling to mainstream audiences. The film was deemed too violent for young children used to Disney cartoons filled with cheery anthropomorphic sidekicks and sing-along musical scores but their older siblings and parents could marvel at the detailed set pieces and enjoy the three-dimensional characters, who were neither true-blue heroes nor all-black villains. Miyazaki's anime classic explored big themes like man versus nature and good versus evil, but they were couched in mythology and highly memorable visuals. His subsequent film, 2001's boldly imaginative "Spirited Away," received even more acclaim and went on to win a 2003 Academy Award, solidifying Miyazaki's already-revered status in...

Long acknowledged as Japan's preeminent animator and director, Hayao Miyazaki remained a cult figure to American devotees of "manga" (Japanese comic books) and "anime" (Japanese animated features) until the 1999 US release one of his undisputed masterworks, "Princess Mononoke" (1997). Acquired by Miramax and redubbed into English using a script by Neil Gaiman and the vocal talents of actors such as Claire Danes and Billy Crudup, "Princess Mononoke" introduced the richly crafted animation and superb storytelling to mainstream audiences. The film was deemed too violent for young children used to Disney cartoons filled with cheery anthropomorphic sidekicks and sing-along musical scores but their older siblings and parents could marvel at the detailed set pieces and enjoy the three-dimensional characters, who were neither true-blue heroes nor all-black villains. Miyazaki's anime classic explored big themes like man versus nature and good versus evil, but they were couched in mythology and highly memorable visuals. His subsequent film, 2001's boldly imaginative "Spirited Away," received even more acclaim and went on to win a 2003 Academy Award, solidifying Miyazaki's already-revered status in international cinema.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Ponyo (2008)
2.
  Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Director
3.
  Spirited Away (2002) Director
4.
  Princess Mononoke (1999) Director
5.
  Kiki's Delivery Service (1998) Director
6.
  Porco Rosso (1992) Director
7.
  My Neighbor Totoro (1989) Director
8.
  Tenku no shiro Laputa (1987) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Kurosawa's Way (2011)
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Raised in Tokyo, Japan
1963:
Hired to work as an in-betweener at Toei Douga; worked on the TV series "Okami Shonen Ken/Wolf Boy Ken" and the feature "Wan Wan Chushingura/Watchdog Bow Wow"
1965:
Spent three years working on the animated feature "Prince of the Son", directed by Isao Takahata
1971:
Left Toei Douga to join Takahata at A-Pro
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Accompanied Yukata Fujioka to Sweden in vain attempt to secure rights to "Pippi Longstocking"
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Directed or co-directed episodes of the animated TV series "Lupin III"
1973:
Left A-Pro and joined Zuiyo Productions
1973:
Visited Switzerland as research for "Heidi: Girl of the Alps"
1975:
Traveled to Italy and Argentina for inspiration for "Three Thousand Miles in Search of Mother"
1980:
Became chief instructor for animators at Telecom; used company name as pseudonym on some TV directing assignments
1982:
Launched the manga serial "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" in the magazine "Animage"; completed in 1984
1984:
Wrote, directed and storyboarded the anime feature version of "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind"; after being edited, released in USA as "Warriors of the Wind" in 1986
1985:
Founded Studio GHIBLI
1986:
Wrote, designed and directed "Tenku no shiro Laputa/Laputa: Castle in the Sky"
1988:
Designed, wrote and directed "Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbor Totoro"; an English-language dubbed version was released in the USA in 1993
1989:
Produced, wrote and directed the anime "Majo no takkyubin/Kiki's Delivery Service"; dubbed English version released direct-to-video in the USA in 1998
1991:
Served as producer on Takahata's "Omohide poro poro/Only Yesterday"
1992:
Crafted the WWII-era romance "Porco Rosso/The Crimson Pig", about a fighter pilot who is turned into a pig
1995:
Produced and scripted "Mimi wo sumaseba/Whisper of the Heart", directed by Yohifumi Kondo
1995:
Directed and provided story for the rock duo Chage & Ake's music video "On Your Mark"
1997:
Wrote and directed the anime "Mononoke Hime/Princess Mononoke"; Disney and Miramax purchased U.S. distribution rights and spent two-years preparing English dubbed version featuring an all-star cast led by Billy Crudup, Claire Danes and Minnie Driver and released in 1999
2001:
Enjoyed a box-office hit in Japan with the anime feature "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away"
2005:
Helmed the animated adventure "Howl's Moving Castle"; received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature
2008:
Wrote and directed the animated feature "Ponyo"; also executive produced; American release featured the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Liam Neeson
2010:
Executive produced "Kari-gurashi no Arietti/The Secret World of Arrietty"; also co-wrote the screenplay with Keiko Niwa
2013:
Announced his retirement around the release of his purported final film, "The Wind Rises"
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Education

Omiya Elementary School: -
Eifuku Elementary School: -
Omiya Junior High School: - 1956
Toyotama High School: - 1959
Gakushuin University: - 1963

Notes

"When an idea for a project is formed, there are always market considerations--this might appeal to a certain age group, and so on. But its never the way you would expect it. Sometimes in the beginning a predictable age group will come, but the end result might be another: middle-aged men, young women, whatever. You can never be sure." --Miyazaki to Philip Brophy posted at "The Black, The White" (www.electric-rain.net/NihonSun/Black&White/Interview/html)

"I'm completely baffled by the popularity of my work in America. I think it must prove that for all our superficial differences, we humans have a great deal in common." --Hayao Miyazaki through a translator to LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 24, 1999

"From a pure filmmaking standpoint, hs staging, his cutting, his action scenes are some of the best ever put on film, whether animated or not." --American animator John Lasseter quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 21, 1999

"My own work has been influenced by so many different factors and films: All artists take their place in the continuing cycle of influencing and being influenced.

"In some ways, the history of art represents a great relay race, with each runner transforming the baton as he carries it. At some point, I'll be ready to hand the baton on to the next generation--if they wish to receive it." --Miyazaki quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 25. 1999

"I think that if you are very genuine in doing films for young children, you must aim for their heads, not deciding for them what will be too much for them to handle. What we found was that children actually understood the movie and what we were trying to say more than the adults." --Hayao Miyazaki quoted in THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 21, 1999

"I've come to the point where I just can't make a movie without addressing the problem of humanity as part of an ecosystem." -Miyazaki quoted in FILM COMMENT, November-December 1998

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wife:
Akema Ota. Animator. Met c. 1964; married in October 1965.

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father:
Katsuji Miyazaki. Airline parts executive. Worked for Miyazaki Airplane which manufactured rudders for fighter planes; company owned by his brother; died in 1993 at the age of 78.
mother:
Dola Miyazaki. Was bedridden for nine years (1947-55) with spinal tuberculosis; her illness partly informed his anime "Tonari no Totoro"; died in July 1980 at age 71.
brother:
Arata Miyazaki. Born in July 1939.
brother:
Yukata Miyazaki. Born in January 1944.
brother:
Shirou Miyazaki. Younger; worked for advertising firm Hakuhoudo.
son:
Keisuke Miyazaki. Printer. Born in April 1969.
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