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Check out this free doco on Studio Ghibli mastermind Hayao Miyazaki

A four-part documentary series chronicling the life of Studio Ghibli creator Hayao Miyazaki has been re-released for free online by leading Japanese broadcaster NHK. The documentary, first broadcast in 2019, looks into Miyazaki’s personal life and creative process.

“An exclusive 4-part documentary chronicling the creative process of the legendary Japanese filmmaker. He is shown as a passionate artisan, a steadfast trailblazer, and a father butting heads with his son,” the documentary’s description reads.

Hayao Miyazaki
Photo: Hayao Miyazaki

10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki is a stirring tribute to the beloved Studio Ghibli filmmaker, detailing his creative process and personal life.

10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki follows the animator’s work on famed projects such as Ponyo, The Wind Rises, and From Up on Poppy Hill, on which he worked with his son, Goro. The documentary also explores the impact of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the animation team and the relationship between father and son. The disaster occurred during the 2011 production of From Up on Poppy Hill. 

Each episode runs for 49-minutes, and with titles such as No Cheap Excuses and Go Ahead – Threaten Me, the documentary is sure to add some spice to your Monday at home.

After a long period of refusing to join the digital age, Studio Ghibli recently released everyone’s favourite films on Netflix. The studio also uploaded 693 of their movie soundtracks onto Spotify, so fans have a lot to be excited for right now.

Watch 10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki in full on NHK’s website.