HAYAO MIYAZAKI is one of the greatest animators and directors in Japan. The entertaining plots, compelling characters and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. Disney's commitment to introduce the films to the rest of the world will let more people appreciate the high-quality works Miyazaki has given us.

He was born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible ability to draw, and the seemingly-endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.

In 1971, he moved to A Pro with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animation in 1973, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years. In 1978, he directed his first TV series, Conan, The Boy in Future, then moved to Tokyo Movie Shinsha in 1979 to direct his first movie, the classic Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro. In 1984, he released Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, based on the manga (comic) of the same title he had started two years before. The success of the film led to the establishment of a new animation studio, Studio Ghibli, at which Miyazaki has since directed, written, and produced many other films with Takahata. All of these films enjoyed critical and box office successes. In particular, Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke received the Japan Academy Award for Best Film and was the highest-grossing (about US$150 million) domestic film in Japan's history until it was taken over by another Miyazaki work, Spirited Away.

In addition to animation, Miyazaki also draws manga. His major work was the Nausicaa manga, an epic tale he worked on intermittently from 1982 to 1994 while he was busy making animated films. Another manga, Hikoutei Jidai, was later evolved into his 1992 film Porco Rosso.

from nausicaa.net

Studio Ghibli Films directed by HAYAO MIYAZAKI

. 1984 Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind 

. 1986 Laputa: The Castle in the Sky

. 1988 My Neighbor Totoro   

. 1989 Kiki's Delivery Service

. 1992 Porco Rosso

. 1997 Princess Mononoke

. 2001 Spirited Away

. 2004 Howl's Moving Castle

Role Summary of Studio Ghibli Films (Source: atmovies.com.tw)

   Brave Girl Innocent Boy Old Woman Animals Elf
Nausicaa V V V V V
Laputa V V V V V
Totoro V V V V V
Kiki V V V V V
Porco Rosso V V V
Princess Mononoke V V V V V
Spirited Away V V V V V
Howl's Moving Castle V V V V V


V appears in the movie
X not appear in the movie
special case - Porco in Porco Rosso is an animal physically but for the meaning of the show he represents as a boy, not an animal.