International Film Research Paper

International Film
Research Paper

“To examine the work of
Two Japanese Film Directors and
examine cultural representations
In Japan”

‘Hayao Miyazaki’

‘Mahiro Maeda’

The following is a research paper on two Japanese Film Directors, Hayao Miyazaki and Mahiro Maeda.

Hayao Miyazaki, born in Tokyo, Japan in 1941 has become a prolific director of animated films. In his early years, Miyazaki had a fascination with aviation, influenced by the fact that his father and uncle were directors and owners of Miyazaki Airplane, a manufacturing company who made rudders for the zero fighter plane used by the Japanese air force during World War II. We will discover that aviation and flight became a recurring theme in his future works, as you can see in ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ during the spinning top flight scene as well as in ‘Spirited Away’ when ‘Haku’ turns into a flying dragon. During his school years, influenced by the film, ‘Hakujaden’, a feature length colour animation film, Miyazaki realized he had to concentrated his efforts away from drawing aircraft to perfecting the human figure.

Hayao Miyazaki founded the Studio Ghibli in 1985. This Studio is responsible for the production of many of the most popular animation films and television series. ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ was produced at Studio Ghibli and to this day the company logo takes the form of ‘Totoro’, the central character in the film. Studio Ghibli is now a renowned production studio and academy for the Japanese animation industry and could be compared to Disney Studio’s in America. Disney have been provided video rights to eight of the films produced at the Ghibli Studio, including ‘Princess Mononoke’ and ‘Spirited Away’. You can even visit the Ghibli museum in Mitaka, Tokyo.

In 1978, at the age of 37, Miyazaki directed his first animation TV Series, ‘Conan, The Boy in future’, which he was also responsible for storyboarding. The successful series ran for 26 episodes and led to Miyazaki’s first film,...