Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Markets | By Terence Owen

Isao Takahata, filmmaker co-founder of Studio Ghibli, dead at 82

Isao Takahata, filmmaker co-founder of Studio Ghibli, dead at 82

His last film, "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya", was nominated for a 2015 Oscar for best animation feature.

Takahata made his debut as a director of anime in 1968 with Toei Animation's Horus: Prince of the Sun.

Takahata, who was most well known for directing the 1998 film Grave of the Fireflies, passed away at a Tokyo hospital, according to a statement from the studio.

Over a long and distinguished career, Takahata produced around 20 films, including "Only Yesterday" (1991) and "Pom Poko" (1994).

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Studio Ghibli often referred to as the Japanese "Disney", founded by filmmakers Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, was established in 1985. The company is responsible for creating popular anime films such as Spirited Away, My Neighbors the Yamadas, and Grave of the Fireflies.

In the interview, Takahata confessed to an nearly love-hate relationship with Miyazaki because their works were so different. In the end, Princess Kaguya wound up missing its release window by several months, as Takahata and his team wrestled with production. His big break was actually with Toei Animation while he was in University.

It was also selected for a slot in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar to the main competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. In 1988, Takahata directed "Hotaru no Haka", a film adaptation of a story written by Akiyuki Nosaka in which the director skilfully depicted the tragedies of war. Based on the classic folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter and made on a budget of $ 49.3 million, it is reportedly the most expensive Japanese film till date.

He also helped produce 2016's The Red Turtle, which similarly scooped a Best Animated Feature nomination at the Oscars.

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