Anime director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata dead at 82

Studio Ghibli Icon, Isao Takahata, Dies at 82

Citing unnamed sources related to him, public broadcaster NHK said he had died at a Tokyo hospital after a recent bout of ill health.

Although he did not win an Oscar, Takahata won many other awards, including those from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Lorcano International Film Festival.

Isao Takahata, the Oscar-nominated anime visionary who co-founded Studio Ghibli with Hayao Miyazaki and wrote, director and/or produced many acclaimed films, died today in Japan. In 1985, Takahata, Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki founded Studio Ghibli.

After studying French literature at university, Takahata enjoyed a long relationship with France and was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters honour in recognition of his work in 2015.

In 2013, cinema-goers finally got to see The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya, a stunning animated folklore tale that took somewhere in the region of five years to make and a budget of about $49 million - making it the most expensive hand-drawn film in Japanese history.

While many may recognise Studio Ghibli for the imaginative genius of Hayao Miyazaki, it is through his own merit that the lovely, breathtaking humanity that Isao Takahata brought to his films will endure and continue to be celebrated now and forevermore.

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Takahata's films featured a slew of complex female characters.

When work began on The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya in the late 2000s, it was originally supposed to be a double-feature with Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, then billed as the latter animator's final movie before his retirement.

He was planning to make a film about exploited girls, forced to work as nannies with infants strapped on their backs. - Setsuko, Grave of the Fireflies. "This time I don't want to", he says.

Grave of the Fireflies (1988).

"This earth is a good place, not because there is eternity".

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