films seen
11
average score
3.86*
nationality
Japan - 80 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The most legendary anime director out there. A headstrong man with pretty strict ideas about animation, but Miyazaki's directed so many anime classics that it's virtually impossible to question his authority. Required viewing.

Rare treats

My Neighbor Totoro

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Tonari no Totoro
Specifics
1988 / 86m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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My Neighbor Totoro poster

A sweet, soft-hearted and imaginative film. The fantastical elements are pure perfection, the attention to detail is simply stunning. It's a film that every kid should have the chance to experience.

The Wind Rises

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Kaze Tachinu
Specifics
2013 / 126m - Japan
Genre
Biography, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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The Wind Rises poster

The Wind Rises is more than worthy closing act. It's one of Miyazaki's best films, a stunning ode to passion and perseverance in the face of a looming war.

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Gake no Ue no Ponyo
Specifics
2008 / 101m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea poster

Ponyo is a feast for all fans that were wishing Miyazaki would return to his pre-Mononoke era, and for those people it might even reach the same heights as Totoro did.

Porco Rosso

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Kurenai no Buta
Specifics
1992 / 94m - Japan
Genre
Adventure, Animation
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Porco Rosso poster

Porco Rosso remains one of my favorite Miyazaki films. Personally I prefer his softer, smaller films over his big epics, as they are more aimed at atmosphere and less at getting a message across.

The good stuff

Kiki's Delivery Service

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Majo no Takkyûbin
Specifics
1989 / 103m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Family
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
Kiki's Delivery Service poster

Howl's Moving Castle

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Hauru no Ugoku Shiro
Specifics
2004 / 119m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Howl's Moving Castle poster

Howl's Moving Castle is high fantasy. That's not really my preferred Miyazaki material, but the level of execution is so perfect here that it hardly bothered me at all. The animation is superb, the characters are charming and the pacing is exactly right. Not his best film, I prefer his more modest narratives, but great fun nonetheless and a must for animation fans.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Tenkû no Shiro Rapyuta
Specifics
1986 / 125m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Laputa: Castle in the Sky poster

A sprawling adventure from the mind of Hayao Miyazaki. Laputa hasn't lost much of its charm over the years. The flying islands, mystical robots and bickering pirates are still as fun to discover as the first time I watched Laputa. Combined with top-notch animation, a slightly darker edge and perfect pacing, it makes for a lovely film.

Spirited Away

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Specifics
2001 / 125m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Spirited Away poster

Hayao Miyazaki's most popular film. Not my personal favorite, I still feel there are some pacing issues at the start, I also think Miyazaki fares better when he favors subtlety over grandeur, but there are definitely moments of genius here and by the end it does feel as if you just witnessed something epic. One for the ages.

Solid pieces

Princess Mononoke

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Mononoke-Hime
Specifics
1997 / 134m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Princess Mononoke poster

Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro
Specifics
1979 / 102m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro poster

Plain forgettable

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Kaze no Tani no Naushika
Specifics
1984 / 117m - Japan, USA
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind poster