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Isao Takahata

Born: 29 October, 1935
Country of Birth: Japan


Born in 1935 in Mie Prefecture, Japan. After graduating from Tokyo University with a degree in French literature, he joined the Toei Animation Company. His debut as a director came with the animated feature film “The Little Norse Prince Valiant” (1968). Takahata has since directed many popular TV series such as “Heidi” (1974), “From the Apennines to the Andes” (1976), and “Anne of Green Gables” (1979). His feature films include “Jarinko Chie” (1981), “Grave of the Fireflies” (1988), “Only Yesterday” (1991) and “Pom Poko” (1994). His most recent film, “My Neighbors the Yamadas” (1999), was chosen by The Museum of Modern Art in New York for its film collection, the first Japanese animated feature film to be so honored. He has also directed the live action documentary “The Story of Yanagawa Waterways” (1987) and been involved in the creation of the Japanese versions of foreign animated films such as Paul Grimault’s “Le Roi et l’Oiseau” and Michel Ocelot's "Kirikou et la Sorcière".
Takahata announced during the 62nd Locarno International Film Festival in 2009 that his next film will be based on the classic Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter).


The Little Norse Prince Valiant (Taiyo no Oji Horusu no Daiboken),1968
Panda! Go Panda! (Panda Kopanda),1972
Panda! Go Panda! -Rainy-day Circus- (Panda Kopanda - Amefuri Sakasu),1973
Downtown Story (Jarinko Chie),1981
Gauche, The Cellist (Serohiki no Goshu),1982
The Story of Yanagawa Waterways (Yanagawa Horiwari Monogatari),1987
Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka),1988
Only Yesterday (Omoide Poroporo),1991
Pom Poko (Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko),1994
My Neighbors the Yamadas (Ho-Hokekyo Tonari no Yamada Kun),1999

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