Given name: 駿Family name: 宮崎
Birthday: Jan 5, 1941Website: http://www.ghibli.jp/
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Miyazaki, the second of four brothers, was born in the town of Akebono-cho, part of Tokyo's Bunkyō-ku. During World War II, Miyazaki's father Katsuji was director of Miyazaki Airplane, owned by his brother (Hayao Miyazaki's uncle), which made rudders for A6M Zero fighter planes. During this time, Miyazaki drew airplanes and developed a lifelong fascination with aviation, a penchant that later manifested as a recurring theme in his films.
Miyazaki's mother was a voracious reader who often questioned socially accepted norms. Miyazaki later said that he inherited his questioning and skeptical mind from her. His mother underwent treatment for spinal tuberculosis from 1947 until 1955, and so the family moved frequently. Miyazaki's film My Neighbor Totoro is set in that time period and features a family whose mother is similarly afflicted.
Miyazaki attended Toyotama High School. In his third year there, he saw the film Hakujaden, which has been described as "the first-ever Japanese feature length color anime." His interest in animation began in this period; however, in order to become an animator, he had to learn to draw the human figure, since his prior work had been limited to airplanes and battleships.
After high school, Miyazaki attended Gakushuin University, from which he would graduate in 1963 with degrees in political science and economics. He was a member of the "Children's Literature research club," the "closest thing to a comics club in those days."
In April 1963, Miyazaki got a job at Toei Animation, working as an in-between artist on the anime Watchdog Bow Wow (Wanwan Chushingura). He was a leader in a labor dispute soon after his arrival, becoming chief secretary of Toei's labor union in 1964.
In October 1965, he married fellow animator Akemi Ota, who later left work to raise their two sons, Gorō and Keisuke. Gorō is now an animator and filmmaker, and has directed Tales from Earthsea at Studio Ghibli. Keisuke is a wood artist who has created pieces for the Ghibli Museum and who made the wood engraving shown in the Studio Ghibli film Whisper of the Heart.
Hayao Miyazaki's dedication to his work has often been reported to have impacted negatively his relationship with his son Gorō. He has expressed that he doesn't wish to create a dynasty of animators and that his son has to create a name for himself.
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Hayao Miyazaki, one of the most famous directors in the world, has produced many extraordinary works such as Spirited Away and Howl's Moving Castle. Take a look at our countdown of Studio Ghibli films directed by Hayao Miyazaki based on MAL user ratings!
The only wonder that may equal seeing your first Miyazaki movie is the wonder when discovering how the director of such hopeful, inspiring films is actually a giant grump. Relish these pessimistic yet often weirdly accurate quotes from anime's most celebrated director.
Do you have an older game console sitting in the cupboard, basement or attic? Perhaps it's time to dust it off, plug it in and start enjoying it once again. We're about to discover some fascinating retro games based on anime franchises we've grown to love over the years.
The director of Ghost in the Shell hasn't directed an anime movie in eight years, but somehow Adult Swim has managed to coax him out of animation retirement for a "micro-series" next year. Let's take a look at his history as a director, and what we can expect from the return of a master.
Whether you prefer one or the other, there's notable differences between what's popular in American animation versus Japanese animation. What caused the art of animation to evolve so differently in these two countries, and how have the different approaches been coming together in recent years?
Many fans prefer to keep discussions about anime and religion separate. When they do, they miss out on a chance to understand both anime and various religions on a deeper level.
On April 6, Dai Sato and Justin Leach stopped by The Japan Society to talk about the state of Japanese animation post Hayao Miyazaki. How has it been since his retirement, and is anime moving in a good direction? Or bad direction? Here's a recap of the event.
In one of Hayao Miyazaki's masterpieces, Howl's Moving Castle, Howl has special rings that he wears in the beginning of the movie. Later, he gives one of these rings to Sophie. This seemingly small detail actually has plenty of strong meanings behind it! Read on to find out.
Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl's Moving Castle) was released in 2004 along with Joe Hisaishi’s incredible music for the film. Why does Studio Ghibli have such a love affair with Hisaishi and his work? Let’s find out by looking at five pieces from the movie. Spoilers will happen, you have been warned.
The former errand dog of Madame Suliman has a heart as big as Howl's Castle. The dog Heen turns in his old mistress for a new, much kinder one. Heen is old, overweight, short, and asthmatic, but he gets an "A" for effort. Heen cares.
The main characters of My Neighbor Totoro are super cute little girls, and the titular character of Totoro is a super kawaii ball of fur. It’s inevitable that you spend most of the movie squeeing in delight. Can you handle the cuteness of this classic anime film?
Howl's Moving Castle has quickly become one of the most beloved productions ever to come out of Studio Ghibli. However, Howl and his magical castle actually had their origins inside the pages of a book and like as often happens, between the movie and the book are some fantastical differences.
Due to their work at Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata are now two of the most acclaimed directors in the world of anime. But even legends have roots. Before Ghibli, these two creators worked on Horus: Prince of the Sun, a revolutionary film that helped anime evolve into an art form.
From Kubrick to Cameron, anime fans have taken things they've liked in Japanese animation and translated them to live-action films. Why do Hollywood's original films that take inspiration from anime tend to be more successful than those attempts at doing direct anime adaptations?
The When Marnie Was There nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the upcoming Oscars 2016 is sure to provide a fair amount of exposure for Japanese animation. Let's explore the pioneers who opened up the door to the Academy Awards and gained attention and respect for our beloved medium.
Studio Ghibli released My Neighbor Totoro in 1988. Since then, Totoro has gone on to become one of the most recognizable fictional characters in the world. His lovability is showcased to great effect in the most famous scene from the movie. You know which one—in the rain, under an umbrella...
There's no doubt that Ghibli's Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl's Moving Castle) is a masterpiece. Who didn't fall in love with the beautiful scenery, the peaceful town, and even Howl’s untidy castle? Let’s take a look at the amazing art from the film on its journey from pencil sketch to screen.
Spirited Away is a quirky, imaginative, funny, and touching movie, which contains many memorable quotes. Since the movie is filled with several major and minor characters, a lot of them only get to say a few lines, which are often important to the plot and reveal their personalities.