Directors Who Dominate: Hayao Miyazaki

David Conrad

David is the author of AKIRA KUROSAWA AND MODERN JAPAN. He has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin and loves period pieces, classics, and arthouse. He has also read nearly every word J.R.R. Tolkien ever wrote. @davidaconrad

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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.