Isao Takahata, Director and Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli, Dies at 82

06 April, 2018, 18:25 | Author: Stuart Potter
  • Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata has died aged 82

According to the statement, Takahata died at 1.19am (00.19 EST) on Thursday, April 5, at a Tokyo hospital after fighting lung cancer. Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said that he and Miyazaki had been discussing a farewell ceremony for Takahata at the studio, which was being planned for May 15th.

Takahata's Grave of Fireflies is a classic example of an anti-war movie.

Takahata met fellow director and rival Hayao Miyazaki at Japan's Toei studio and the pair founded Studio Ghibli in 1985. The duo initially planned to create a studio that would essentially become the Japanese version of the Walt Disney Company. The studio continued this practice despite the rise in popularity of digital filmmaking techniques and computer generated graphics (CGI).

An adaptation of a popular tale from the 10th century - considered one of the founding texts of Japanese literature - the film was also selected for a slot in the Director's Fortnight sidebar to the main Cannes film competition in 2014. And its director was Isao Takahata, who, born in 1935, was almost the age of his "Fireflies" boy protagonist when he witnessed the ground-level toll of World War II for himself.

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Throughout his career Takahata worked on more than 20 films, earning him global acclaim, including "Only Yesterday" and "My Neighbors the Yamadas".

Takahata produced around 20 movies over his long career.

His most recent effort behind came in the form of 2013's The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, which received a nomination for Best Animated Feature at the 87th Academy Awards.

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