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Hayao Miyazaki

Iris Lin


Why did I choose Hayao Mizayaki?

 As a child, watching movies together with my family was the best experience I would have ever had. Though I loved the creativity of the scenes within the movies, the most inspirational pieces of cinematics I had watch were Studio Ghibli's animations. They were filled with fantasy and heartwarming characters that come to life in the films. The animation style was very lovable to watch. It seemed as if I was living in the movie as it played. Picking Hayao Mizayaki of Studio Ghibli would be reasonable for his works are the ones that inspired me the most.

Why is he considered a Animation Pioneer? 

Hayao Mizayaki is considered an animation pioneer for his beloved work of animated movies in Studio Ghibli. He is an Oscar-winning filmmaker who directed many movies including Pand! GO Panda!, Panda and Child: Rainy Day Circus, The Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Castle of Cagliostro, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, and Spirited Away all that were a success.

  1. Born January 5, 1941, when World War II was still around, Hayao Miyazaki was highly influenced by the event, by his family business, and by his mother’s sickness. As he reached high school, he studied more of political science, economics and children’s literature(brought him into fables and tales from around the world). He had worked at an animation studio, Toei-Cine for a bit but then moved to another studio called A-Pro studio with his friends including Isao Takahata from the Toei-Cine studio. Some films he made in the studio with the others were Panda! Go Panda!, Panda and Child: Rainy Day Circus, The Tokyo Movie Shinsha, and The Castle of the Cagliostro which was adapted from a popular comic book Lupin III. Because Hayao desired to make different movies, he created his own business, Studio Ghibli, with his longtime friend Isao Takahata. This is where he made his own movies such as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service, all that were a success. Miyazaki usually “constructs a film without a full script”. He just lets his drawing lead the stories and sometimes has no idea of what the main character will become. Now with his own studio and films, he goes for more including 1984 Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, 1997 Princess Mononoke, 2001 Spirited Away, 2003 Castle In the Sky:1-4 volume, 2004 Howl’s Moving Castle, and many others. Every one of his movies brought him awards all over the world. In addition to his animation career, he is married to Akemi Ota with two sons and has retired in 2013 from his career as a well-known filmmaker. As a current event, Hayao Miyazaki decided to paint his imagination in real-life by creating a theme park of his own that’s about 10,000 acres and was named The Forest Where the Wind Returns. The theme park would be located in Kume Island in Okinawa, Japan and will include a library, sleeping quarters for 30 people, and as few man-made attractions possible because the park revolves around nature. The park will be open in an estimate of 2018 but it’s never too early to buy your airline tickets now!



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