Hayao Miyazaki

Born on January 5, 1941, Miyazaki is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, screenwriter, author and manga artist. He co-founded Studio Ghibli and has directed countless award-winning animated feature filims.

To be born means being compelled to choose an era, a place, a life. To exist here, now, means to lost the possibility of being countless other potential selves.. Yet once being born there is no turning back. And I think that's exactly why the fantasy worlds of cartoon movies so strongly represent our hopes and yearnings. They illustrate a world of lost possibilities for us. Hayao Miyazaki, Starting Point: 1979-1996

Miyazaki's works are characterized by the recurrence of themes such as humanity's relationship with nature and technology, the wholesomeness of natural and traditional patterns of living, the importance of art and craftsmanship, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic in a violent world.

The protagonists of his films are often strong girls or young women, and several of his films present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities. Miyazaki's works have been highly praised and awarded; they include Spirited Away, NausicaƤ Valley of the Wind, Howl's Moving Castle, and Castle in the Sky.