Directors Who Dominate: Hayao Miyazaki

David Conrad

David has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin. He loves foreign films, westerns, war flicks, and has read nearly every word J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote. David lived in Japan for three years and is always eager to talk about it. Follow him on Twitter at @davidaconrad or email him at

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  1. Great article! My favorite is Totoro. I’m a sucker for stories that blend real life and fantasy, and Miyazaki does a LOT of those, but Totoro has just the perfect balance for me.

    • David Conrad says:

      You can’t go wrong with that pick. In the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo, there’s a big plush cat bus for kids to play on, and its destination is permanently set to “Mei.” I almost had to cry.