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5 films by Hayao Miyazaki

Competing for the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, ‘The Boy and the Crane’ is Hayao Miyazaki’s most recent film; discover another 5!

Responsible for taking Hayao MiyazakiFrom retirement to becoming the filmmaker’s first film in 10 years, the animation “The Boy and the Crane” was released in 2023 to present the story of Mahito Maki, a young boy who, after losing his mother during the Second World War, ends up moving to a new city, where he, while facing the painful family tragedy, will live a fantastic adventure guided by a mysterious gray heron.

The plot, based on the book by Genzaburo Yoshino released in 1937, it brings various symbolisms and also carries the possibility of countless interpretations, as it addresses themes such as mourning, maturation and acceptance of reality, as well as presenting issues similar to those experienced by the man himself. Miyazakibecoming a semi-autobiographical film.

As a result, production, which began in 2016, fell in favor with the public and specialized critics, as the animation became the second highest-grossing debut of a Studio Ghibli film, earning US$11.3 million in the first season. week, as well as leading the ‘Best Animated Film’ category in several film awards, as the feature film holds Golden Globe and BAFTA statuettes, and remains in contention for the Oscar, where it competes against “Elements”, “ Nimona”, “My Robot Friend” and “Spider-Man: Through the Spider-Verse”.

Even though it is a film of great relevance to the career of Miyazakithe 82-year-old filmmaker has an impressive resume, full of plots that are as impactful as “The Boy and the Crane”.

With this in mind, RECREIO brought together 5 of these films below; check out:

1. Spirited Away

Scene from the film ‘Spirited Away’ (2001) /Credit: Disclosure/Studio Ghibli

Released in 2001, “Spirited Away” became the highest-grossing film ever. Miyazaki It is Studio Ghibli, as it grossed a total of US$251 million in Japanese cinemas. The plot was also responsible for becoming the first — and until then, the only — animated production in a non-English language to win the Oscar ceremony in the Best Animated Feature category.

It is worth remembering that the plot follows Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl who, after seeing her parents being turned into pigs, discovers a secret world full of spirits and sorcery, where she needs to face several challenges to save her loved ones.

2. My Friend Totoro

Scene from the animation ‘My Friend Totoro’ /Credit: Disclosure/Studio Ghibli

In 1988, “My Friend Totoro” premiered in Japanese cinemas. The story follows sisters Satsuki and Mei after they move to the countryside to be closer to their sick mother who is being cared for at the hospital, but who, surprisingly, embark on several adventures after meeting mystical creatures that only children can see: the Totoros. .

3. The Animated Castle

The Animated Castle
Scene from “The Animated Castle” /Credit: Disclosure/Studio Ghibli

“The Animated Castle” (2004), follows Sophie, a young woman who works in her late father’s hat shop, but who sees her monotonous routine transform when she falls victim to a curse that makes her become an elderly woman. As a result, she faces setbacks and meets several other bewitched beings while trying to find the wizard Howl, who can help her get back to who she was before.

4. Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke
Scene from “Princess Mononoke” /Credit: Disclosure/Studio Ghibli

From 1997, “Princess Mononoke” follows Prince Ashitaka who, after becoming the victim of a deadly curse, ends up getting involved in a battle between a mining town and forest animals in order to find a cure for his condition. It is in the midst of all this confusion that he also meets Mononoke, who will be essential for his survival.

5. Kiki’s Delivery Service


“Kiki’s Delivery Service” debuted in 1989. The plot has the following synopsis on Netflix: “In this animation, a young witch moves away from her family to practice her witchcraft. But she soon realizes that making new friends can be difficult.”

Source: Recreio

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