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I would like to make a film to tell children “it’s good to be alive”. — Hayao Miyazaki 我想拍一部電影，告訴小孩子「活著是多麼美好」。──宮崎駿刊登日期: 2013.06.23
作者: Grace Tse
Hayao Miyazaki is also known by his nickname “the Japanese Walt Disney” because he is Japan’s most famous animator, film director and producer. Some of his successful animated films include “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” (《風之谷》), “Princess Mononoke” (《幽靈公主》) and “Spirited Away” (《千與千尋》). Have you watched any of them?
Miyazaki was born in Tokyo in 1941 during the Second World War. His father was an aeronautical engineer. In his childhood, Miyazaki drew aeroplanes. Some of his animated films showed his love of aviation and carefully-designed aircraft. When he was attending high school, he was especially interested in the Japanese-style comics called “manga”.
Later while he was studying political science and economics at university, he was a member of a children’s literature research club. In the club, he had exposure to fables and tales from around the world. After graduation, he joined an animation studio and started to pursue his animation career. He is a perfectionist who still uses a pencil to draw his animated characters instead of relying on computer graphics.
Miyazaki does not create animated films purely for entertainment. Can you tell what messages he wants to convey? In his films, Miyazaki talks about the overuse of natural resources, the cruelty of war and the innocence of children. He often speaks against video games and television which hinder people from appreciating nature and life.
Many of Miyazaki’s films became international hits and award winners. In 2002, “Spirited Away” won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Aeronautical engineer: 航空工程師
Animation studio: 動畫工作室
Computer graphics: 電腦繪圖
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