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Miyazaki Hayao

Miyazaki Hayao (宮崎 駿) (born January 5, 1941) is one of the most famous creators of anime, or Japanese animated films.

Miyazaki was born in Tokyo. He is the creator of many popular anime feature films, as well as some manga. Although largely unknown in the west outside of animation circles until his 2002 Animated Feature Oscar, his films are almost without exception huge box-office and critical successes in Japan.

Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind was one of his first films as both script writer and director. He adapted it from his manga of the same name, which he had created two years previously. He later co-founded the animation film company, Studio Ghibli, and has produced most (if not all) of his subsequent work through it.

In 1997, Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime) became the highest grossing film of all time in Japan, until the later success of Titanic. Miyazaki retired after making Mononoke, intending it to be his last film as a director.

He came out of retirement after meeting the daughter of a friend who became the inspiration for Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi), which was released in Japan in July 2001 and broke the attendance and box office records previously set there by Titanic, with over 23 million viewings and over 29,900 million yen of total gross earnings. It has received numerous film awards including the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Miyazaki is currently finishing production on Howl's Moving Castle[?], an anime film adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' fantasy book.


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