Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, cofounded Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio. The success of Miyazakis films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, and American directors Steven Spielberg and Orson Welles.

Miyazaki was born in the town of Akebonocho in Bunky, Tokyo, the second of four sons born to Katsuji Miyazaki. His father was director of Miyazaki Airplane, which made rudders for A6M Zero fighter planes during World War II. During the war, when Miyazaki was only three years old, the family evacuated to Utsunomiya and later to Kanuma in Tochigi Prefecture where the Miyazaki Airplane factory was located. Miyazaki has said that his family was affluent and could live comfortably during the war because of his father and uncles profitable work in the war industry but he has also noted that experiencing the night time firebombing raids on Utsunomiya, as a 4andahalf year old, in July 1945, left a lasting impression on him. During his May 22, 1988 lecture at the film festival in Nagoya he retold the account of his familys hasty retreat from the burning town, without providing a ride to other people in need of transportation, and he recalled how the fires had coloured the night sky as he looked

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