Hayao Miyazaki

Animator, Director, Screenwriter
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 ... Read more »
Born: 01/04/1941 in Japan

Filmography

Writer (15)

From up on Poppy Hill 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wind Rises 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret World of Arrietty 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

(adaptation/Japanese-language version) (Screenplay)

Howl's Moving Castle 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Spirited Away 2002 (Movie)

(From Story)

Spirited Away 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

(From Story)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Kiki's Delivery Service 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Neighbor Totoro 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Porco Rosso 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tenku no shiro Laputa 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 1985 (Movie)

(from comic: "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind") (Source Material)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 1985 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)
Director (11)

The Wind Rises 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Howl's Moving Castle 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Spirited Away 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Kiki's Delivery Service 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

My Neighbor Totoro 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Porco Rosso 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Tenku no shiro Laputa 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Lupin III Castle Cagliostro 1979 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (3)

Ponyo 2009 (Movie)

(Editor)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

(Editor)

Tenku no shiro Laputa 1986 (Movie)

(Editor)
Actor (3)

Yume to kyôki no ohkoku 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Kurosawa's Way 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Masters of Fantasy: The Anime Filmmakers 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The Cat Returns 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kiki's Delivery Service 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (1)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

song lyrics("Princess Mononoke Theme Song (Mononoke Hime)" "Tatara Women's Song") (Song)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Katsuji Miyazaki

Father
worked for Miyazaki Airplane which manufactured rudders for fighter planes company owned by his brother died in 1993 at the age of 78

Dola Miyazaki

Mother
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

Keisuke Miyazaki

Son
born in April 1969

Arata Miyazaki

Brother
born in July 1939

Shirou Miyazaki

Brother
younger worked for advertising firm Hakuhoudo

Yukata Miyazaki

Brother
born in January 1944

Akema Ota

Wife
met c. 1964 married in October 1965

EDUCATION

Omiya Junior High School

1956

Gakushuin University

1963

Omiya Elementary School

Toyotama High School

1959

Eifuku Elementary School

Milestones

2013

Announced his retirement around the release of his purported final film, "The Wind Rises"

2010

Executive produced "Kari-gurashi no Arietti/The Secret World of Arrietty"; also co-wrote the screenplay with Keiko Niwa

2008

Wrote and directed the animated feature "Ponyo"; also executive produced; American release featured the voices of Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Liam Neeson

2005

Helmed the animated adventure "Howl's Moving Castle"; received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature

2001

Enjoyed a box-office hit in Japan with the anime feature "Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi/Spirited Away"

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 r

1995

Directed and provided story for the rock duo Chage & Ake's music video "On Your Mark"

1995

Produced and scripted "Mimi wo sumaseba/Whisper of the Heart", directed by Yohifumi Kondo

1992

Crafted the WWII-era romance "Porco Rosso/The Crimson Pig", about a fighter pilot who is turned into a pig

1991

Served as producer on Takahata's "Omohide poro poro/Only Yesterday"

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

1988

Designed, wrote and directed "Tonari no Totoro/My Neighbor Totoro"; an English-language dubbed version was released in the USA in 1993

1986

Wrote, designed and directed "Tenku no shiro Laputa/Laputa: Castle in the Sky"

1985

Founded Studio Ghibli

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

1982

Launched the manga serial "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" in the magazine "Animage"; completed in 1984

1980

Became chief instructor for animators at Telecom; used company name as pseudonym on some TV directing assignments

1975

Traveled to Italy and Argentina for inspiration for "Three Thousand Miles in Search of Mother"

1973

Left A-Pro and joined Zuiyo Productions

1973

Visited Switzerland as research for "Heidi: Girl of the Alps"

1970

Left Toei Douga to join Takahata at A-Pro

1965

Spent three years working on the animated feature "Prince of the Son", directed by Isao Takahata

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"

Directed or co-directed episodes of the animated TV series "Lupin III"

Accompanied Yukata Fujioka to Sweden in vain attempt to secure rights to "Pippi Longstocking"

Raised in Tokyo, Japan

Bonus Trivia

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"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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"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)

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"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." – Miyazaki quoted in The New York Times, Oct. 21, 1999

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"From a pure filmmaking standpoint, his 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 Oct. 21, 1999

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"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." – Miyazaki through a translator to The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 24, 1999

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"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 The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 25, 1999

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