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Famed for the masterful storytelling and artistry of his films, Hayao Miyazaki is regarded as one of animation’s greatest directors. His production company, Studio Ghibli, is rivaled only by powerhouses like Disney and DreamWorks, and has created world-renowned films such as “My Neighbor Totoro” (1988) and “Spirited Away” (2001). In “Mixing Work with Pleasure,” Toshio Suzuki, co-founder of the beloved studio, recounts his collaborative partnerships and lifelong bonds with Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, the third of Ghibli’s founders.

Though he claims to “keep memories of what (he has) done in the past to a minimum,” and has “never once talked about the past” with Miyazaki, Suzuki’s accounts of how the Ghibli team came together and how specific films were developed into masterpieces are clear and thoughtful.

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