September 25, 2015/ 8:00 PM - 11:00 PMThe Continuing Allure of Hayao Miyazaki
If you have been thrilled by the images and touched by the
heart-warming stories of Hayao Miyazaki’s feature-length
animated works, you may count yourself among the vast
numbers of fans of this revered filmmaker. Yet
Miyazaki’s legions of fans include not only his viewing
audience, but also many manga and animation
professionals, both in Japan and around the world.
Miyazaki is also one of the founders of Japan’s famous
Studio Ghibli, where, along with his fellow director, Isao
Takahata, and long-term producer, Toshio Suzuki, he has
created one hit after another. To the shock of fans, in
2013, Miyazaki announced his retirement, creating many
questions about the future of not only Studio Ghibli, but of
Japan’s entire feature-length animation industry.
Less known outside of Japan is the fact that Miyazaki is
also a prolific writer, speaker, and controversial intellectual, who boasts two giant volumes of
interviews and essays. Translated into English as Starting Point: 1979-1996, and Turning
Point: 1997-2008, these books total over 900 pages of text, and are both published by Viz
Media in San Francisco. In an illustrated talk, Beth Cary and Frederik Schodt, the
translators of the works, will explore the reasons for the appeal of Miyazaki and his films, in
both Japan and the United States, and examine the role of Studio Ghibli, which is enjoying its
30th anniversary this year.
Bio of Panelists
Beth Cary has interpreted for many Japanese artists, including Hayao Miyazaki, Isao Takahata, and Toshio
Suzuki at their presentations in the Bay Area and beyond. As a translator she has translated Japanese fiction
and nonfiction works, ranging from the social sciences to literary reflections. Recently she has translated
several award-winning mystery stories for the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Frederik L. Schodt’s writings on manga, and his translations of them, helped trigger the current popularity
of Japanese comics in the English-speaking world. In 2009, the Japanese Government presented him with the
Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his work in helping to promote Japan’s popular culture
in the United States. He has written widely on Japanese history, popular culture, and technology.