Japanese broadcaster NHK have made a new four-part documentary on the career of Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki available to watch in its entirety for free online.
Miyazaki, the master of animation, is famed for his work with Studio Ghibli with films such as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso and many more. With accolades and records lighting up his CV, Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke was the first animated film ever to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year.
Exploring a career that began in 1963 and enjoyed relentless success is a tricky one. Now, however, four-part documentary10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki has arrived to do just that.
“10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki is an exclusive four-part documentary chronicling the creative process of the legendary Japanese filmmaker,” the official film synopsis reads. “He is shown as a passionate artisan, a steadfast trailblazer, and a father butting heads with his son.”
“If you don’t spend time watching real people, you can’t do this, because you’ve never seen it,” Miyazaki once said when asked about his ability to create hugely successful animated films. “Some people spend their lives interested only in themselves.”
He added: “Almost all Japanese animation is produced with hardly any basis taken from observing real people… It’s produced by humans who can’t stand looking at other humans.” Miyazaki concluded by suggesting that those in the animated film industry looking after their own self interests never succeed: “And that’s why the industry is full of otaku,” he said.
Watch 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki in full on NHK’s website.
In other Studio Ghibli-related news, it was recently announced that the iconic institution has managed to strike a deal with major streaming platform Netflix.
The famed Japanese studio has struck a deal with Netflix which see the streaming platform upload 21 Ghibli features which, impressively, will include Academy Award-winner Spirited Away. Other Academy award-nominated films, such as Princess Mononoke, Arrietty, Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Neighbor Totoro and The Tale of The Princess Kaguya will also be available.
The films were made available from February and streamed in their native Japanese language with the usual subtitles on offer.
Toshio Suzuki, a producer at Studio Ghibli, said in a statement: “In this day and age, there are various great ways a film can reach audiences. We’ve listened to our fans and have made the definitive decision to stream our film catalogue.
“We hope people around the world will discover the world of Studio Ghibli through this experience.”
Aram Yacoubian, director of original animation at Netflix, added: “This is a dream come true for Netflix and millions of our members. Studio Ghibli’s animated films are legendary and have enthralled fans around the world for over 35 years.
“We’re excited to make them available in more languages across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia – so that more people can enjoy this whimsical and wonderful world of animation.”