Miyazaki father and son team up for From Up On Poppy Hill film
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli have, under their belt, some of Japan's biggest global anime movie successes, including Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award in 2003.
Far less known, until now, was Miyazaki's son Goro, who worked as a landscaper for years so as not to compete with his famous father, but later designed the Ghibli Museum in Tokyo and debuted as a director in 2006 with Tales from Earthsea.
Now, for the first time, the pair has teamed up on a film, with Hayao, 72, as co-writer and 46-year-old Goro as director, overcoming a contentious relationship stretching back years.
From Up On Poppy Hill, opening in United States movie theatres on Friday, is set in Japan in 1963 and focuses on a high school romance threatened by a secret.