Written by Jack Herbert
Disney with a conscience
Hayao Miyazaki is Japan's most famous animator, and his animated films rival Disney's in the box office.
After his award-winning breakthrough, 'Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa' ('Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind'), he formed Studio Ghibli with producer Isao Takahata.
The studio has been a massive success, notably producing international hits like 'Mononoke Hime' ('Princess Mononoke') and 'Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi' ('Spirited Away').
His work is remarkable for its compelling characters, entertaining stories and intelligent treatment of serious social and environmental issues.