Hayao Miyazaki has forged his own unique style that transcends the limits of both ordinary animation and live-action with dramatic, action-packed narratives; viscerally naturalistic details, characters who evoke poignant emotions and a lyrical beauty that recalls the world of watercolor paintings and dreams. Long considered a national treasure of Japan, and an influence on many leading American animations, Miyazaki’s work is finally being recognized by the rest of the world.