“I never read reviews. I'm not interested. But I value a lot the reactions of the spectators.”- Hayao Miyazaki.
The director is responsible for overseeing creative aspects of a film. They develop the vision for a film and carry the vision out, deciding how the film should look. The director may also be heavily involved in the writing and editing of the film, as well as managing the script into a sequence of shots, coordinating the actors in the film and supervising musical aspects. The Auteur Theory suggests that films contain certain characteristics or ‘signatures’ that reflect the director’s individual style and give a film its personal and unique stamp. Hayao Miyazaki is one such auteur whose entertaining plots, compelling characters and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan.
Miyazaki is probably one of the most influential directors of Japanese animation - or anime - of all time, with his distinctive drawing style and strong story-telling prevailing in all of his works to date, hailing him as an auteur. His distinguished style of directing is what sets him apart from other filmmakers giving almost all of his animated works an overall epic feel to them as his films are characterised by several recurring themes and motifs. One such recurring theme is Miyazaki’s emphasis on environmentalism and the Earth's fragility. In Miyazaki's most recent film Ponyo (2008), Ponyo's father shows disgust for humans and their filth, evident by the disgusting condition of the bay area where Sosuke lives. This ecological consciousness is echoed in Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) as the world’s ecosystem is ravaged due to an apocalyptic war where humans are slowly dying out. Miyazaki’s concern for the environment is strong as he had grown up in the Shōwa period in Tokyo, Japan and it was an unhappy time for him because, "nature — the mountains and rivers — was being...
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