From Princess Mononoke to Howl's Moving Castle, Hayao Miyazaki's creations have made a significant impact on Japanese cartoons. For several years now, Studio Ghibli has been making a place for itself in the sun in the land of cinematographic animation. A common point, however, binds all these films: its heroines.
It's pretty rare, but women, especially young girls, are always in the spotlight in Miyazaki's universe. And the reason has just been revealed: the designer was inspired by his own mother, seeming to suffer from a real Oedipus complex.
Strong women at Miyazaki - Credit: Studio Ghibli
Toshio Suzuki, the co-founder of studio Ghibli, just spoke openly about the subject in a recent interview. But this maternal complex finally sparks on the screen, when we discover the excellence of Miyazaki's work.
The influence of a mother
Dola, Miyazaki's mother, passed away in the middle of the summer of 1983, leaving the designer inconsolable. , the brilliant designer is in full production of Nausicaä, one of his most ambitious projects. Thanks to Ghibli, Miyazaki is emancipated and can finally work on personal works. Thanks to his creative power, he decides to make his own life. inspire Dola to invent more modern and assertive heroines, as if to better pay tribute to her.
It must be said that Dola is a true model of strength for her son, who readi have boundless attachment. Miyazaki was branded with a hot iron by her mother's fight. Bedridden for eight years, she fought against spinal tuberculosis . Although Dola was known to be strict and uncompromising, she always admired her son. For example, Hayao Miyazaki drew on parts of her mother's personality for her characters in The Castle in the Sky and My Neighbor Totoro . But the war and American domination in Japan are also important markers in his work. Miyazaki advocates freedom and dreams to better escape the surrounding world.
Ghibli will soon be back in the spotlight with an adaptation of How Do You Live?, adapted from a bestselling Japanese novel . With a large library of films to its credit and an amusement park, the studio has not yet said its last word and intends to multiply projects in the coming years.ees. And women may still be in the spotlight!
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