Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki is no stranger to winning awards, and they keep on coming. On August 26, he took home the 38th annual Kawakita Award from the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute. The award itself was created in honor of Nagamasa Kawakita, a Japanese film producer who also imported films to help them reach a larger audience.
According to Anime News Network, the institute chose Miyazaki because he’s made “movies that continue to move and inspire generations of people to dream, and earn acclaim both in Japan and abroad.”
Before this, in addition to his many awards in Japan, Miyazaki received an Academy Award (and multiple Academy Award nominations), which shows that his films have indeed received great acclaim abroad. Miyazaki is working on another movie now called Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka (translated to How Do You Live?), which he’s been involved with for more than four years.
Source: Anime News Network
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