films seen
11
average score
3.86*
nationality
Japan - 79 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
Japan [1988] - 86m
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.

Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Gake no Ue no Ponyo
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 101m
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.

The Wind Rises

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Kaze Tachinu
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 126m
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.

Porco Rosso

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Kurenai no Buta
Specifics
Japan [1992] - 94m
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

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Tenkû no Shiro Rapyuta
Specifics
Japan [1986] - 125m
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.

Howl's Moving Castle

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

Spirited Away

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

Kiki's Delivery Service

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

Solid pieces

Princess Mononoke

by Hayao Miyazaki
Also known as
Mononoke-Hime
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 134m
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
Japan [1979] - 102m
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
Japan, USA [1984] - 117m
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind poster