Today is the 80th birthday of one of the greatest filmmakers to ever live. A filmmaker whose name deserves to up there with all-time legends like Hitchcock, Spielberg, Kurosawa, Kubrick, and Ford. That man is Hayao Miyazaki.
Miyazaki is the co-founder of the Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, and with them, he’s directed a list of films that rivals the output of any filmmaker who has ever lived. The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. And that’s just so far. Each one, in its own way, a masterpiece.
Today, on his 80th birthday we ask you: Which is your favourite? It’s a tough question! Even if you’ve only seen a handful, odds are you’ll find it difficult to choosem because each of them possess so much magic and wonder. I know that’s true for me. I love them all. However, when pressed, even though I don’t think it’s the best of the bunch, my personal favourite is…
Porco Rosso. Sure, it may lack some of the whimsy of the other films, but its (slightly) more straight forward adventure feel makes it unique. I also love movies about flight, so that helps. But none of which is to say tomorrow my favourite couldn’t be Totoro, or Kiki, or Spirited, or Mononoke. You just never know. Which is why we’d love you to discuss below.
Happy birthday Hayao. Thank you for the gifts you’ve given every single person in the world, even if they have yet to open them yet.