It’s time for everyone favorite day of the week, Famous Person Friday! (有名人金曜日) This week we will be talking about Hayao Miyazaki (宮﨑 駿). Miyazaki-san (宮﨑さん) was born January 5, 1941 in Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan (文京区, 東京, 日本).
Miyazaki-san (宮﨑さん) began his animation career in 1963, when he joined Toei Animation. From there he worked as an in-between artist for Gulliver’s Travels Beyond the Moon, where he pitched ideas which eventually became the movie’s ending. He continued to work in various roles in the animation industry until he directed his first feature film, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, released in 1979. After the success of his next film, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984), he co-founded Studio Ghibli, where he continued to produce many films. While Miyazaki-san’s (宮﨑さん) films have long enjoyed both commercial and critical success in Japan, he remained largely unknown to the West. In 1997 Miramax films released Princess Mononoke which briefly was the high grossing film in Japan and it became the first animated film to win Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards.
Miyazaki-san’s (宮﨑さん) films often contain recurrent themes, like humanity’s relationship with nature and technology, feminism, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic. The protagonists of his films are often strong, independent girls or young women. While two of his films, The Castle of Cagliostro and Castle in the Sky, involve traditional villains, his other films like Nausicaä and Princess Mononoke present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities. He co-wrote films The Secret World of Arrietty, released in July 2010 in Japan and February 2012 in the United States; and From Up on Poppy Hill released in July 2011 in Japan and March 2013 in the United States. Miyazaki-san’s (宮﨑さん) newest film The Wind Rises was released on July 20, 2013 and screened internationally in February 2014. Miyazaki-san (宮﨑さん) announced on September 1, 2013 that this would be his final feature-length film.
Check out the above video for an interview with Roland Kelts for more insight into this awesome artist! For more info about Miyazaki-san you can always check out his numerous films or check out the Ghibli studios website.
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