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Hayao Miyazaki 宮崎 駿 4
By Fanelie Gigoux

  1. 5 January, 1941

    Birth of Hayao Miyazaki

    "Miyazaki was born in the town of Akebono-cho in Bunkyō, Tokyo, the second of four sons born to Katsuji Miyazaki."

  2. 1 April, 1963

    First steps at Toei Animation

    "Miyazaki began his animation career when he got a job at Toei Animation, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation"

  3. 1 August, 1971

    A Pro studio

    "Miyazaki left Toei and he moved to the A Pro studio with Isao Takahata"

  4. 26 May, 1973

    Nippon Animation

    "Miyazaki left A Pro and he moved to Nippon Animation, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years"

  5. 31 May, 1978

    First steps as director

    "He directed his first TV series, Conan, The Boy in Future"

  6. 1 June, 1979

    First movie: The Castle of Cagliostro

    "Miyazaki moved to Tôkyô Movie Shinsha and direct his first movie, the classic The Castle of Cagliostro"

  7. 11 March, 1984

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

    "He released Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, based on the manga of the same title he had started two years before. This was the first film both written and directed by Miyazaki."

  8. 15 June, 1985

    Studio Ghibli creation

    "After the success of the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the directors Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata and the producer Toshio Suzuk founded Studio Ghibli at which Miyazaki has since directed, written, and produced many other films."

  9. 8 June, 1986

    Laputa: Castle in the Sky

    "His first film with Ghibli, Laputa: Castle in the Sky recounts the adventure of two orphans as they seek a magical castle-island that floats in the sky."

  10. 10 June, 1988

    My Neighbor Totoro

    " My Neighbor Totoro was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. It tells the adventure of two girls and their interaction with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. My Neighbor Totoro set Miyazaki on the road to success."

  11. 11 June, 1989

    Kiki’s Delivery Service

    "Kiki’s Delivery Service was written, produced and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, adapted from the 1985 novel of the same name by Eiko Kadono. It tells the story of a small-town girl who leaves home to begin life as a witch in a big city."

  12. 14 June, 1992

    Porco Rosso

    "Miyazaki directed Porco Rosso, an adventure film set in the “Adriatic” during the 1920s. The film was a notable departure for Miyazaki, in that the main character was an adult man, an anti-fascist aviator transformed into an anthropomorphic pig."

  13. 19 July, 1997

    Princess Mononoke

    "Princess Mononoke was released and was both a financial and critical success. It won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Picture and marked a turning point in his career: marked the emergence (through a distribution deal with Disney) into the global animation markets"

  14. 1 July, 2001

    Spirited Away

    "During a period of semi-retirement, Miyazaki spent time with the daughters of a friend, his inspiration for Spirited Away which would become his biggest commercial success. Critically acclaimed, it won a Japan Academy Prize, a Golden Bear award in 2002 and an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature"

  15. 1 July, 2004

    Howl’s Moving Castle

    "Miyazaki completed production on Howl’s Moving Castle, based on Diana Wynne Jones’ fantasy novel, he came out of retirement following the sudden departure of the original director. It won the Golden Osella award for animation technology, and received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature."

  16. 27 June, 2005

    Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival

    "Miyazaki received a Golden Lion the highest prize given to a film, a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival."

  17. 1 July, 2008


    "Ponyo was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The plot centers on a goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, and wants to become a human girl. It earned over US$201 million worldwide and won several awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year."

  18. 1 July, 2011

    Up on Poppy Hill

    "Miyazaki co-wrote From Up on Poppy Hill, based on the 1980 manga of the same name written by Tetsurō Sayama."

  19. 20 July, 2013

    The Wind Rises

    "The Wind Rises is his final feature-length movie. The film would go on to earn him his third American Academy Award nomination and first Golden Globe Award nomination."

  20. 1 September, 2013

    Retirement - “But this time I am quite serious”

    "Hayao Miyazaki held a press conference in Venice to confirm his retirement, saying: “I know I’ve said I would retire many times in the past. Many of you must think, “Once again.” But this time I am quite serious.”"

  21. 1 November, 2014


    "Miyazaki was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his impact on animation and cinema. He is the second Japanese filmmaker to win this award, after Akira Kurosawa in 1990."

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