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Hayao Miyazaki (Kanji: 宮崎 駿; 5 January 1941 – ?) is a Japanese manga artist and prominent film director and animator of many popular anime feature films. Through a career that has spanned nearly fifty years, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a maker of animated feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli, an animation studio and production company. The success of Miyazaki’s films has invited comparisons to American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park and Robert Zemeckis.

     –   Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984): A post-apocalyptic fantasy adventure film where Nausicaä, a young princess of the Valley Of The Wind, is involved in a struggle with Tolmekia, a kingdom that is trying to use an ancient wedding to fend off an insect species.
     –   My Neighbor Totoro (1988): Two young daughters of a professor interact with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan.
     –   Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989): A 13-year-old witch begins a delivery service in the big city and explores what it is to be independent.
     –   Porco Rosso (1992): A man who has been cursed and transformed into a pig is a freelance bounty hunter chasing “air pirates.”
     –   Princess Mononoke (1997): Set in the late Muromachi period of Japan, outsider Ahitaka struggles between the supernatural guardians of a forest and the humans of the Iron Town who consume its resources — with the hope that the relationship between humans and nature can be cyclical.
     –   Spirited Away (2001): A ten-year-old girl becomes trapped in an alternate reality inhabited by spirits and monsters.
     –   Howl’s Moving Castle (2004): When Howl, a wizard, takes a liking to a Sophie, a plain 18-year-old, the Witch Of The Waste becomes angry and curses Sophie by transforming her into an old woman. Based on a novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones.
     –   Ponyo (2008): A goldfish named Ponyo befriends a 5-year-old boy, Sosuke, and wants to become a human girl.

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Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) 2013 Preview: Films We’re Looking At Potentially Being Excited About

Due the unfortunate fact that we are merely human and Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is just beginning its three-week film rampage, we’ve sifted through the Festival’s gigantic catalog to come up with the best films of the bunch — or so we suspect. SIFF is annually guaranteed to have a mixture of some of...Read...