Isao Takahata biography

Isao Takahata

Animation Director, Film director

1935 –

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Who is Isao Takahata?

Isao Takahata is a Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter and producer that has earned critical international acclaim for his work as a director of anime films. Takahata is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli along with long-time collaborative partner Hayao Miyazaki. He has directed films such as the war-themed Grave of the Fireflies, the romantic-drama Only Yesterday, the ecological-adventure Pom Poko and the comedy My Neighbors the Yamadas. Unlike most anime directors, Takahata doesn't draw and never worked as an animator before becoming a full fledged director.

According to Hayao Miyazaki, "Music and study are his hobbies". He was born in the same town as fellow director Kon Ichikawa, while Japanese film giant Yasujiro Ozu was raised by his father in nearby Matsusaka.

Takahata graduated from the University of Tokyo French literature course in 1959.

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Born
Oct 29, 1935
Ise
Also known as
  • Takahata, Isao
  • Paku-san
Parents
Nationality
  • Japan
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor's degree, University of Tokyo
    Literature
    (Specialized in French literature)
    (1954 - 1959/03)
Employment
  • Studio Ghibli
    (1985 - )
  • Toei Company
    (1959/04 - 1971/06)
  • Shin-Ei Animation
    (1971/06/10 - 1973)
  • Nippon Animation
    (1973 - 1981)

  • (1981 - 1985)
Lived in
  • Ise
    (1935/10/29 - 1938)
  • Tsu
    (1938 - 1943)
  • Okayama Prefecture
    (1943 - 1954)

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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