Hayao Miyazaki: Activist or Filmmaker?

An analysis of the Miyazaki exhibit at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles juxtaposed on who he is as a filmmaker and who he is thought of as. Hayao Miyazaki is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. Some claim he is a filmmaker while others claim he is an activist. But can’t he be both? This video dives into Miyazaki’s films to uncover if they did in fact have an underlying message or were they just films with great stories. -Rita Navasardyan

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Miyazaki, Hayao, director. Mo Fa Gong Zhu Princess Mononoke. 1997. 

Miyazaki, Hayao, director. My Neighbor Totoro. 1988. 

Miyazaki, Hayao, director. Ponyo. 2008. 

Miyazaki, Hayao, director. Tian Kong Zhi Cheng Laputa: Castle in the Sky

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One thought on “Hayao Miyazaki: Activist or Filmmaker?”

  1. Spirited and well edited! I appreciate you coming back to the Academy exhibition and showing us more than one way of looking at it.

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