Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎駿, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, manga artist, and co-founder of Studio Ghibli.
Many of my movies have strong female leads—brave, self-sufficient girls that don’t think twice about fighting for what they believe in with all their heart. They’ll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a saviour.
Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world in the far future, the film tells the story of Nausicaä, the young princess of the Valley of the Wind. She becomes embroiled in a struggle with Tolmekia, a kingdom that tries to use an ancient weapon to eradicate a jungle of mutant giant insects, and attempts to stop the Tolmekians from enraging these creatures. (From Wikipedia)
Castle in the Sky follows the adventures of a young boy and girl attempting to keep a magic crystal from a group of military agents and pirates, while searching for a legendary floating castle. (From Wikipedia)
My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of the two young girls, Satsuki and Mei, and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. (From Wikipedia)
An adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same name by Eiko Kadono, the film tells the story of a young witch, Kiki, who moves to a new town and uses her flying ability to earn a living. (From Wikipedia)
Porco Rosso tells a story of an Italian World War I ex-fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air pirates" in the Adriatic Sea. However, an unusual curse has transformed him into an anthropomorphic pig. Once called Marco Pagot, he is now known to the world as "Porco Rosso", Italian for "Red Pig." (From Wikipedia)
Set in the late Muromachi period (approximately 1336 to 1573) of Japan with fantasy elements, the film tells the story of the young Emishi prince Ashitaka's involvement in a struggle between the gods of a forest and the humans who consume its resources. (From Wikipedia)
Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a sullen ten-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the spirit world. After her parents are transformed into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world. (From Wikipedia)
Based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones, the film is set in a fictional kingdom where both magic and early 20th century technology are prevalent, against the backdrop of a war with another kingdom. The film tells the story of a young hatter named Sophie after she is turned into an old woman by a witch's curse. She encounters a wizard named Howl, and gets caught up in his resistance to fighting for the king. (From Wikipedia)
Inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen story, The Little Mermaid, the film centers on a goldfish named Ponyo who befriends a five-year-old human boy, Sōsuke, and wants to become a human girl. (From Wikipedia)
The Wind Rises is a fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi (1903–1982), designer of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter aircraft and its successor, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, used by the Empire of Japan during World War II. The film is adapted from Miyazaki’s manga of the same name, which was in turn loosely based on the 1937 short story The Wind Has Risen by Tatsuo Hori. (From Wikipedia)