89 Great Directors: Hayao Miyazaki

“The concept of portraying evil and then destroying it – I know this is considered mainstream, but I think it is rotten. This idea that whenever something evil happens someone particular can be blamed and punished for it, in life and in politics is hopeless.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Body of work, mostly Spirited Away.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Spirited Away.

What Did I Watch: Seen everything, so rewatched Princess Mononoke.

Where Does He Fit: Princess Mononoke is the most misleading of Hayao Miyazaki’s works, yet it is the easiest way to get someone into anime. The scope is epic and the violence is a rarity in animation, yet it also lacks the man’s typical humanism and feminism to the same degree as something like Spirited Away or My Neighbor Totoro. It’s the ultimate Kurosawa homage, in how it perfectly replicates his strengths while transferring them into an entirely different medium. Like nothing else out there thanks to the safety of the American market and Ghibli never really going back to this well. Sweeping like the thunder.


Most Valuable Asset: Creative control over all the frames.
Most Excited For: His new work now that he’s out of retirement.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Duh.

Coming Up Next: George Cukor, Hollywood’s ultimate workman.


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