Hayao Miyazaki

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Hayao Miyazaki (born 5 January 1941) (age 78), is a Japanese director of anime films and co-founder of Studio Ghibli, together with long-time friend and fellow director, Isao Takahata.

His film Spirited Away, released in 2001, was seen by one-third of Japan's population and became the nation's highest-grossing film ever (topping Titanic). His filmography also includes Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Porco Rosso, The Cat Returns, My Neighbor Totoro, and many more.

"Spirited Away" went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film in 2002. "Howl's Moving Castle" was also nominated in 2004, but did not win.[1]

His son, Gorō Miyazaki, has since made his own foray into directing at Studio Ghibli; his first release being 2006's "Tales of Earthsea", which he both wrote and directed.

Kanji

  • Family name: 宮崎 (Miyazaki)
  • Given name: 駿 (Hayao)

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