Hayao Miyazakii

Hayao Miyazaki, born 5 January 1941, is a revered Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter and manga artist. The animated films produced through his company, Studio Ghibli, commonly smash box office records in Japan and achieve international acclaim. Miyazaki is particularly well known for imaginative fantasy-themed productions including 1988's My Neighbour Totoro and 2001's Spirited Away.

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From Akira Kurosawa to Yasujiro Ozu, from Takeshi Kitano to Hirokazu Koreeda, from samurai to yakuza to the Japanese New Wave, and from anime to J-horror to pink films, this is the place to go for reviews, interviews and features about movies both classic and new from Japan.


From My Neighbor Totoro to The Wind Rises, Studio Ghibli has produced some of the biggest anime hits in the world. Its co-founder Miyazaki’s love of art shines through in its animated productions.

The animation in Earwig and the Witch is the first from Studio Ghibli to be fully computer generated, but it still retains its unique hand-drawn look.


Apart from Walt Disney, Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki is the most famous animator to have ever lived, his films capturing the imagination of viewers of all ages. We look at his amazing career and his biggest influences.

From Battle Royale to Spirited Away to Shoplifters, this selection of the best Japanese movies of the 21st century highlights the strength of the country’s cinema industry over the last 20 years.


Hayao Miyazaki’s creative process at the Japanese animation studio, Harvey Weinstein and Neil Gaiman clashing over a translation of Princess Mononoke, all things Japanese, and more, in American Ghibli executive’s memoir.


On-demand streaming service NetEase Cloud Music will make Studio Ghibli’s music catalogue, including albums and soundtracks from acclaimed animated films such as My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away, available to millions of subscribers in China.

Streaming platform Netflix is betting on the popularity of Japanese animated films with the release from next month of 21 movies from Studio Ghibli in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

With new shows such as Ultraman and Eden, and rights to Studio Ghibli content being negotiated, Netflix is stepping up its anime efforts as new rivals such as Apple, Disney and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max roll out their services.

An animated series based on the Swiss children’s book character played a role in the launch of Japan’s anime industry. Yoichi Kotabe, who created the Heidi anime and helped redesign Super Mario, talks about sketching in Switzerland.

Selfie opportunities with life-size figures including Totoro, San from Princess Mononoke and a ghost from Spirited Away at show in Kowloon Bay; watercolour sketches from The Tale of Princess Kaguya at show in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The second Studio Ghibli film by anime master Hayao Miyazaki to get a belated cinematic release in China has best opening weekend ever for a Japanese film there, and has sold more than twice as many tickets as Pixar’s new animated release.

Academy Award winning animation is second of Japanese director’s hits to arrive, while thousands of Chinese fans join internet frenzy to welcome the film and ask for more.

The brainchild of the institution behind the Oscars, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open in 2019, with its inaugural show dedicated to Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.


The long-awaited release in China of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 animated feature My Neighbor Totoro is hopefully a sign of more Studio Ghibli films being shown in the country.


My Neighbor Totoro, by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, shown in China three decades after its initial worldwide release, was second biggest box office draw there over the weekend. The film earned more than US$418,000 in three days.

Fantasy about two teenagers who swap bodies and genders is first animated film not produced by Miyazaki to gross 10 billion yen, and has been seen by nearly 8 million cinema-goers in its first month


Revisited classics from Roald Dahl and Jane Austen, a literary bromance, a flying pig, and a look at Hong Kong’s media industry are this week’s picks

The anime master, 74, talks about the new film he's working on -  a CGI short - and about his opposition to the redrawing of Japan's pacifist constitution and the expansion of a US air base on Okinawa.  

Animation powerhouse Studio Ghibli is best known for two of its directors, but the two, aged 73 and 78, are quite different from each other.  

In light of his impending retirement, take the time to celebrate legendary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki's colourful career with this interactive timeline.

Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki announced he was retiring from making feature-length movies yesterday, saying he had "reached his limit" and would pursue other projects in lieu of directing and animating feature films.


Famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film is different from his usual fantasy fare. It is a historical movie about the man who designed fighter planes for Imperial Japan.