You are lucky! I'm sure he is as beautiful a person as his movies are.
I understand that he's quite a fan of Pixar - but really, it's like when Kurosawa said he was a fan of the Star Wars films...
This is my actual grandfather. For real. This man is beyond sweet; it is the real proof that some men are made of sugar. Japan wins again.
Every time I see one of his films.More than any other director I feel that I'm ready for a very individual adventure singular to each film.
After taking a risk at Blockbuster with Ponyo, Miyazaki has become a fan-favorite in our family ever since.
“Modern life is so thin and shallow and fake. I look forward to when developers go bankrupt, Japan gets poorer and wild grasses take over.” Wow, harsh words.
I think you miss the point. Miyazaki is a postmodern romantic, idolizing nature and warmth. He's not simply being a misanthrope, yearning for apocalypse... I think he honestly feels like humankind would be better off living in a green world, even if our cities had to be washed away. He's just a dreamer. (Reposting this, as I had posted it before comments-to-comments were available.)