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TO: Modern Movies. Hayao Miyazaki Thinks You’re Weird

This article contains tons of telling tidbits on one of our favorite directors, Hayao Miyazaki.

Humans face a basic choice between love or money, he believes. “A five-year-old understands that in a way an adult obsessed with the economy and share prices cannot. I make movies that can be understood by that five-year-old, and to bring out that purity of heart.”


“I can’t stand modern movies,” he winces. “The images are too weird and eccentric for me.” He shuns TV and most modern media, reading books or travelling instead. It is no surprise to find that the multimillionaire director’s car, parked outside the Ghibli studio, is an antique Citröen CV, an icon of minimalist, unfussy driving.


“Young people are surrounded by virtual things,” he laments. “They lack real experience of life and lose their imaginations. Animators can only draw from their own experiences of pain and shock and emotions.”

It’s refreshing to know that in a world of McGs and Ratners and Bays, a modest fellow sits there. Tucked away in his corner of the world, Hayao Miyazaki is dreaming up wondrous awesomes like: My Neighbor Totoro, Porco Rosso, Mononoke Hime, Spirited Away, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, etc etc. He’s there, at his desk, making these things and sharing with world at large, just because he can.

We admit to being apprehensive over the comingPonyo on the Cliff By the Sea. But then we recall feeling the same way before viewing Kiki’s Delivery Service and being literally blown away by the emotional impact that film held in store for us. Until he proves otherwise, Miyazaki remains on our list of The Good.

It’s a very short list.


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