10 Years With Hayao Miyazaki: Four-part documentary chronicling the Japanese animator’s creative process available to stream for free

Fans of Studio Ghibli and its celebrated co-founder and animator Hayao Miyazaki can watch a four-part documentary series chronicling the creative process of the legendary Japanese filmmaker, which Japanese broadcaster NHK has made available online for free.

The documentary series, 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki, chronicles Hayao Miyazaki’s work on projects such as PonyoThe Wind Rises, and From Up on Poppy Hill, which he worked on with his son, Goro.

Originally released in 2019 by NHK, the animator is “shown as a passionate artisan, a steadfast trailblazer, and a father butting heads with his son”.

Hayao Miyazaki allowed a single documentary filmmaker to shadow him at work for a decade. The four-part series explores the limits of Hayao Miyazaki’s physical ability and imagination to conjure up memorable protagonists; delves into memories of his late mother for a thread to weave the story of Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea; covers the impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the animation team and the relationship between father and son; and the meaning of making animated films in a turbulent time.

Hayao Miyazaki said: “Movies show who you are, no matter how hard you try to hide it.”

Image Credit: Studio Ghibli

To watch 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki, visit the NHK website

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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