National Feb 2, 2014

Miyazaki wins Annie Award for 'Kaze Tachinu' screenplay

Director Hayao Miyazaki on Saturday won the Annie Award for writing in an animated feature production for the screenplay to "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Rises"), the organizer of the event, dubbed "the Academy Award for animation," said. His film was also nominated for best animated ...

National Sep 14, 2013

Miyazaki anime breaks ¥10 billion threshold at box office

Director Hayao Miyazaki's swan song, "Kaze Tachinu" ("The Wind Rises"), has surpassed ¥10 billion in box-office receipts, the first anime in three years to achieve that threshold, distributor Toho Co. said. Toho said revenue from last weekend jumped 34.5 percent over the preceding weekend after ...

Hayao Miyazaki: Leave Constitution alone

National Jul 25, 2013

Hayao Miyazaki: Leave Constitution alone

by Jun Hongo

Anime master Hayao Miyazaki blasted the government's push to revise the Constitution, saying that politicians without any understanding of history "shouldn't be messing" with the foundation of the country. In a magazine published last week by his production company, Studio Ghibli, the award-winning director said ...

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

National Jul 18, 2013

Miyazaki turns to adult theme in new film

by Tomomi Sunaga

Award-winning animated film director Hayao Miyazaki will release his first movie in five years Saturday — a work based on the lives of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of Japan's legendary Zero fighter plane, and mid-20th-century writer Tatsuo Hori. Horikoshi was one of the "most brilliant" Japanese ...