Born January 5, 1941 in Tokyo. After graduating from the Gakushuin University in 1963 with a Political Science and Economics degree, he joined Toei Animation Company as an animator. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 with director Isao Takahata, and has directed nine feature films since. His film SPIRITED AWAY has broken every box office record in Japan, and garnered many awards, including the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival, and the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2003 U.S. Academy Awards, and HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE received the Osella award at the 2004 Venice Film Festival. Miyazaki was awarded with the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 Venice Film Festival. He has announced his retirement from directing feature film with THE WIND RISES, released in Japan in 2013 and Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.