Profession: Animated filmmaker
Why Famous: Hayao Miyazaki's work as an animated filmmaker has been widely acclaimed and very influential.
His most famous film "Spirited Away" (2001) was Japan's highest-grossing film on its release and won the Academy Award for best Animated Feature in 2003.
Miyazaki was a co-founder of the film studio Studio Ghibli in 1985. His other notable films include "Princess Mononoke" (1997), "Howl's Moving Castle" (2004) and "The Wind Rises" (2013).
Miyazaki's films often contain a pacifist message and feature strong female characters and their interactions with the natural world.
- 2001-07-20 "Spirited Away " written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki is released in Japan (Academy Award Best Animated Feature 2003)
- 2019-06-26 Japanese animation film "Spirited Away" by Hayao Miyazaki is released in China and tops the box office, 18 years after its initial release