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Porco Rosso (1992)
Porco Rosso follows the adventures of an early-1900s Italian fighter pilot who was born with a pig’s head and makes a living as a bounty hunter. While the film is one of Miyazaki’s strangest, it does reflect his interest in planes, which has carried through into his last feature film, The Wind Rises.
A pig that doesn't fly is just a pig.
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
The first feature film of Miyazaki’s career, Castle of Cagliostro follows master thief Lupin III as he attempts to recover from mistakenly stealing a load of counterfeit bills from a casino. What follows is what Steven Spielberg called the greatest adventure film ever made.
Sometimes, what you see is not necessarily true.
The loose retelling of The Little Mermaid tells the story of a boy who befriends a daughter of the sea named Ponyo. Ponyo desperately wants to be human and live with her friend’s family, but her father, the King of the Sea, has different ideas, at least when he’s paying attention to his wayward daughter and not mixing elixirs to clean up the mess man has made of the ocean.
If Sosuke's love is real, she'll lose her powers forever. But if it's not, she'll turn to sea foam!
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Based on the novel by Diana Wynn Jones, the movie follows the adventures of a young girl smitten with a dashing wizard named Howl. The girl is cursed by a witch, who is jealous of the wizard’s affections, and becomes an old woman. She goes to work for Howl in his magical moving castle while war and love unfurls swirls around them. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Only way to dispel your curse was to be kissed by someone whom you love. That's right. I would have been dead, if Sophie hadn't saved me.
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Set a thousand years in the future, Princess Nausicaa is the young defender of a dying post-apocalyptic world. Nausicaa is tasked with protecting her village from both giant insects and the destructive forces of the remaining traces of humanity.
Fire turns a forest to ash in one day. Water and wind take a hundred years to nurture a forest.
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
One of Miyazaki’s most accessible films, the story follows a young witch named Kiki who leaves her family to make her way in the big city. She starts up a delivery service and follows adventure and her beloved black cat Jiji wherever they lead her.
I’m not sure of my direction, but I hope I can take a further step.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Castle in the Sky –or Laputa as it is known in Japan – is an epic steampunk fantasy that follows the saga of a young orphan named Sheeta who inherits a mysterious crystal that leads her to the legendary kingdom floating in the clouds. It’s annual airing in Japan resulted in the most Tweeted moment of all time, revealing how popular the film remains.
Let me come with you...and I swear I'll protect her this time!
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Another family favorite, the film is far stranger than Kiki’s Delivery Service. The story follows two sisters who find themselves sharing a forest with Totoro, a giant rabbit creature who is the local forest god. Totoro leads them on a series of Alice in Wonderland-like adventures. Throw in a Cat Bus (a bus that is a cat), soot sprites and a tear-jerking tale of two young girls with an ailing mother and you’ll begin to understand some of the wide appeal of the film.
Wow. What do we do now? lf it's not too much trouble, could we stay until it stops raining?
Princess Mononoke (1997)
The rather environmentally-friendly tale tells the story of young prince Ashitaka, who leaves his village in the hope of lifting a deadly curse cast upon him. In the forest, Ashitaka finds himself caught between a group of rifle-carrying ironworkers who are using up the forest’s resources; angry forest gods, led by a pack of boars, and Princess Mononoke, a young woman raised by wolves.
Please, keep it with you, brother, to protect you. You must take it with you. Please, I want you to have it.
Spirited Away (2001)
When Chihiro’s parents are turned into pigs, she has no choice but to move in with the spirits who visit the nearby bathhouse in the hope of earning their freedom from the witch who owns the place. What follows is an imaginative adventure filled with Miyazaki’s favorite themes of family, loyalty, friendship and environmental preservation. The film won a well-deserved Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Once you've met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.