A Fascinating Documentary About Hayao Miyazaki Is Available Online For Free

Produced by director Kaku Arakawa, “10 years with Hayao Miyazaki” follows the Japanese director for a decade.

Following the giant Hayao Miyazaki in his everyday life the moment he wakes up and while he spends time working on his future projects for a decade. That's the extraordinary journey of 10 years with Hayao Miyazaki, a documentary by Kaky Akawara released in January 2019.

And guess what? Anyone can watch it, as it is now available online for free and divided into four episodes of 49 minutes each. All you have to do is head to the website of the Japanese network NHK to watch the first three episodes.


In case you were wondering, the first one tells us more about the creation of Ponyo on the cliff and how the entire anime movie was first designed based on one single image… and of course, on Miyazaki’s vivid imagination.

The second episode is about Summer 2007, just before Ponyo on the cliff was finished and we discover the work of the team of creators, drawing the entire movie by hand.

After the earthquake which took place in Japan on March 11, 2011, the artist gets to work with the help of his son to finish From Up On Poppy Hill on time to pay homage to those who perished during the tragedy. A race against the clock which we go through with them during the third episode. Finally, the last one focuses on the release of the movie The Wind Rises, in 2013.


Through this beautiful documentary, director Kaku Arakawa takes us in the creative universe of the man who sweetened the childhood of many of us. So from the bottom of our heart, thank you, Mister Miyazaki.   

By Maxence Bourdeau, published on 27/06/2019


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