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Spirited Away…Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a phenomenal artist; Miyazaki lives for storytelling, animation, adventure and the most vibrant of colours!

The multi-Oscar winning artist is an inspiration to many, including me. Breath-taking films such as ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howls Moving Castle’ opened our minds to possibilities unimaginable! His gripping tales never allow for even a moment’s boredom.

Born January 5th 1941, in Bunkyō Tokyo, Japan. Miyazaki has been dubbed as: film director, animator, screenwriter, illustrator and a manga artist. Even now, at the age of 73, Miyazaki continues to bring colour into the dimmest of places. Although retired now, Miyazaki had a long and prosperous career from 1963 to 2013. In that short amount of time, Miyazaki was involved with over 18 successful films.

Miyazaki was inspired by his surroundings, nothing ever seemed to dull for Hayao, in a recorded lecture, he explained what inspired him most: ‘he recalled how the fires had coloured the night sky. (Hayao Miyazaki’s Lecture record). As well as positive influences, Miyazaki was born at a time where great conflict gripped the globe, culminating in nuclear bombings of Japan. Miyazaki was exposed to such horrific sights at such a young age therefore influencing his genre of film, all Miyazaki films show elements of war and conflict.

Why should you watch Miyazaki films? The real question is why shouldn’t you watch Miyazaki’s films? Vibrant colours, imaginative characters and soul searching stories! Take ‘Spirited Away’ for example; a young girl named Chihiro is forced to move away. Her parents stumble across a Japanese type fair ground; there they find the smell of freshly made goods. As Chihiro watches her parents chow down on the Japanese delights, her parents are transformed right before her eyes! Transformed into nothing more than common pigs! To get her parents back to their normal human selves, Chihiro steps into the realm of spirits, from here on out she would be known as, Sen. Stripped away of everything she owns, including her name she is in desperate attempt to get her parents back to normal, Sen earns the trust of the spirits and works at the spiritual baths, in which she works herself to the bone…interested in finding out the final outcome? You’ll have to pull up a chair and grab a bag of popcorn and go binge on the visual delight that is spirited away!