One of the best cinematographers of the past 2 decades worldwide, starts to become known in the west after the release of his new movie.
Miyazaki in Japan holds the reputation of Spielberg in the US. Each of his moves is a blockbuster, steadily on the No 1 place of the Japanese box office for the past 20 years. In the west though, his name is relatively unknown.
And that’s a shame, as Miyazaki is one of the most important Cinematographers of the past 20 years, with exceptional movies that break the boundaries of the anime gendre: exciting stories, fantastic artwork, complex characters, unique music, net small masterpieces that can touch a wider audience.
It is not a coincidence that in a speach he gave in the University of Berkeley last week, the audience gave him a long standing ovation and tickets had been sold-out for weeks. All of this after the release of his latest picture: «Ponyo»
For Miyazaki’s movies, studio Ghibli and where we propose to start exploring his art we’ll talk in a separate article next week.
For the time being, here is the trailer of his greatest movie «Princess Mononoke» and be warned: this is not children material.