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Hayao Miyazaki in Berkeley

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The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley is proud to award internationally acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki with the 2009 Berkeley Japan Prize, which honors individuals from all disciplines and professions who have, over a lifetime influenced the world's understanding of Japan. In conjunction with his in-person acceptance of the award, Hayao Miyazaki will be honored with a series of events held on the UC Berkeley campus, celebrating his timeless body of film work.

Hayao Miyazaki is the second recipient of the recently inaugurated Berkeley Japan Prize; the 2008 winner was novelist Haruki Murakami.

Hayao Miyazaki
For nearly fifty years, internationally acclaimed filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki has been enchanting the world with fantastic, meticulously composed and emotionally soaring films, making him one of the world's most respected and revered animators and directors. Among the dozens of films he has written, directed and animated, his best-known and beloved include: My Neighbor Totoro (1988); Kiki's Delivery Service (1989); Princess Mononoke (1997); Spirited Away (2001; Oscar® winner for Best Animated Feature); and Howl's Moving Castle (2004; Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature).

Miyazaki founded his now legendary animation studio, Studio Ghibli, in 1985, shortly after the release of his second major film, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. After Studio Ghibli became a household name in Japan, it sought to bring their films overseas and built a partnership with the Walt Disney Company. In 2002, Miyazaki's masterpiece Spirited Away won the Oscar for best animated feature film — the first Japanese animated film ever to win the award. Audience reaction to Spirited Away was unprecedented. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times heralded Spirited Away as: "..enchanting and delightful in its own way, and has a good heart. It is the best animated film of recent years... the Japanese master who is a god to the Disney animators."

July 12, 14, 19, and 21, 2009
A Tribute to Hayao Miyazaki
Pacific Film Archive

In anticipation of director Hayao Miyazaki's in-person appearance at Berkeley, the Pacific Film Archive will host a retrospective, which will showcase four special screenings of his films. Even if you already treasure Miyazaki's films on DVD, you won't want to miss this chance to appreciate their beauty as it was meant to be seen: on the big screen. All films will be shown in the original Japanese 35mm prints with English subtitles.

Sunday, July 12, 4:00 PM
My Neighbor Totoro / Tonari no Totoro

Tuesday July 14, 7:00 PM
Porco Rosso / Kurenai no buta

Sunday July 19, 2:30 PM
Castle in the Sky / Tenku no shiro Laputa

Tuesday July 21, 7:00 PM
Princess Mononoke / Mononoke Hime

For film descriptions and to purchase tickets, please visit

These events are cosponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies and the Pacific Film Archive.

Friday, July 24, 2009
San Francisco Bay Area Special Screening of Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo — SOLD OUT
Wheeler Hall
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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"PONYO" (L-R) Ponyo, Sosuke
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In conjunction with Mr. Miyazaki's appearance at Berkeley, the Center for Japanese Studies and the Pacific Film Archive will host the San Francisco/Bay Area special screening of Miyazaki's latest film, Ponyo, at Wheeler Hall on Friday, July 24, 2009. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," Ponyo is the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo (voiced by NOAH CYRUS) and her quest to become human. The English language version of the animated adventure features an outstanding roster of voice talent, including CATE BLANCHETT, MATT DAMON, TINA FEY, FRANKIE JONAS, CLORIS LEACHMAN, LIAM NEESON, LILY TOMLIN and BETTY WHITE. Presented by Walt Disney Pictures, Ponyo opens in U.S. theaters August 14, 2009. For tickets to the limited-seating Berkeley screening of Ponyo, please visit

This event is cosponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies and the Pacific Film Archive.

Saturday, July 25, 2009
The Hayao Miyazaki Symposium
2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor conference room
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free and open to the public

Leading scholars of Japanese popular culture, literature, and film will discuss Hayao Miyazaki's work and his international influence in a roundtable panel discussion.


  • Deborah Shamoon, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Notre Dame — Studio Ghibli and Fantasies of Childhood in Japanese Cinema
  • Thomas LaMarre, Japanese Studies, McGill University — Miyazaki's Philosophy of Technology


  • Fred Schodt, Author of Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics and co-translator of Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collected essays, interviews, dialogues, and talks by Miyazaki.

Saturday, July 25, 2009
Hayao Miyazaki in Conversation with Roland Kelts — SOLD OUT
6:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Zellerbach Auditorium

For this extremely rare, U.S. appearance, Hayao Miyazaki will have a conversation with Roland Kelts (Tokyo University lecturer and author of Japanamerica), followed by a question and answer period with the audience. Join us for an opportunity to engage Miyazaki in a conversation about more than just anime — the social issues and ideas that his films champion, including the future of Japan and the role of the artist in a rapidly evolving world.

For tickets to this limited-seating engagement, please visit

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