Name : 宮崎 駿 Hayao Miyazaki
Nationality : Japanese
Birthdate : 05/01/1941
Age : 77years old
Place of birth : Bunkyō, Tokyo, Japan
Alma Mater : Gakushuin University
Occupation : Film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, manga artist, storyboarder, scriptwriter
Years active : 1963 – To present day
Marital Status : Married to Akemi Ota (in 1965)
Children : Gorō and Keisuke Miyazaki
Hayao Miyazaki’s Works : Here !
Almost unknown in the Occident, outside the circles of fans of anime and manga until the international release of Princess Mononoke in 1999, his films today meet a great success all over the world and especially in Japan where some have beaten box-office records.
He often explores the same central themes, humanity’s relationship with nature, ecology and technology, as well as the difficulty of keeping peace in a world at war. The protagonists of his films are most often strong, independent girls or women, and the “bad guys” have qualities that make them morally ambiguous, like the kamis of the Shinto religion.
His works are just as accessible to children as they are to adults. In Japan, he is considered equal to Osamu Tezuka. He strongly imitated him when he began drawing in order to become a mangaka one day. Later, however, he criticizes Tezuka as an anime creator and said he does “not like his work at all”. In the West he is often compared to Walt Disney, calling him “the Japanese Disney”, which he does not like, especially as he does not enjoy the productions of the American studio with the exception of itrs oldest works , like the Silly Symphonies.
However, Hayao Miyazaki remains modest and explains the success of his company by the chance he had to be able to fully exploit his creativity.
He received the honors of Time magazine in 2006, placing him as one of the most influential Asian personalities of the last 60 years.
In the – very difficult – first years of his career as an animator, he saw The Snow Queen (Снежная королева, Snejnaiia Koroleva), an animated film of the Russian Lev Atamanov. He was so moved by the film that he resolved himself to get back to work with “renewed determination”. His influence can be seen in Horus, the prince of the sun. Another masterpiece, The Bergère and the Chimney Sweeper (1952, reissued in 1979 under the title of Le Roi et l’oiseau), a French classic animated film by Paul Grimault, convinces Hayao Miyazaki that it is possible to make animation movies for adults. In tribute of this movie, Hayao Miyazaki incorporated details of this film into Cagliostro’s Castle.