Celebrated Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki was born on January 5, 1941 in the Bunkyo district of the city of Tokyo. Now aged 72, Hayao Miyazaki has enjoyed more than fifty years of success at a career that has included Mecha anime, anime, screen writing and film directing.
Hayao Miyazaki’s animation career began back in 1961 when he worked as an in-between artist at the Toei Animation company. His ability to negotiate with other animators and his original ideas quickly gained him notice, and it was not long before Hayao Miyazaki was promoted to various different roles within the company.
Hayao Miyazaki directed his first animation film, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, in the late 1970s. His next film, namely Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, was so successful that he was able to co-found Studio Ghibi with Isao Takahata, where he went on to create and supervise a large number of popular animations.
Hayao Miyazaki is probably best known for the animation Princess Mononoke, which was released by Miramax Films and has been translated into a number of different languages and is enjoyed by people of all ages all over the world. In fact, when it was originally released Princess Mononoke was the highest-grossing film in Japan.
After completing Princess Mononoke in 1997, Hayao Miyazaki took a temporary retirement, although the demand from his fans and the love for his work meant that Hayao Miyazaki was unable to stay away from the world of animation for long.
Hayao Miyazaki has won a number of awards over the years. Particularly of note is the award for Picture of the Year, which was presented at the Japanese Academy Awards for Princess Mononoke. This was the first time that an anime film had won this award. However, Hayao Miyazaki quickly made sure that this would not be the last time, when his next animation, Spirited Away, won an American Academy Award and earned him Picture of the Year at the Japanese Academy Awards once again.