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Excellence Award

HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE

MIYAZAKI Hayao

Animated feature film [Japan]

© 2004 NIBARIKI・TGNDDDT

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MIYAZAKI Hayao

Japan

Born in Tokyo, in 1941. After graduating from the Faculty of Politics and Economics at Gakusyuin University, he started work at Toei Douga (currently Toei Animation). He worked on the scene-setting and original picture for The Adventures of Hols, Prince of the Sun (1968), before joining A Pro. He worked on the original plan, script, scene-setting and original picture for Panda! Go Panda! (1972). In 1973 he and several of his co-workers, including TAKAHATA Isao, moved to Zuiyo Eizou. After working for several companies, such as Nippon Animation and Telecom Animation Film, MIYAZAKI became one of the founding members of Studio Ghibli in 1985. In 1984 he directed Nausica of the Valley of Wind, which was based on the original cartoon he had been serializing in the magazine, Animeju. He has been producing animation films at Studio Ghibli ever since, including such titles as The Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. MIYAZAKI Hayao is also now the curator of Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Japan.

( 2004 )

Award Reason

This animated film has been a great hit. It is fun to recall what Howl did and said, and to think of the meaning of this for ourselves afterwards. This film provides us with a perfect example of entertainment and leaves us feeling both excited and happy after watching it. BAISYO Mitsuko's natural depiction of Sophie, and MIWA Akihiro's protean performance, which convinced us that he is a natural for the role of the Witch of the Waste, made the characters truly live.

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