Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Miyazaki Hayao

James Marsh, Asian Editor
It's a new year and time for a renewed attack on our personal cinematic lists of shame here at Twitch. While 2013 proved something of a free-for-all in terms of our approach, Full Disclosure 2.014 is a different beast entirely. May I present for your reading pleasure Full Disclosure: The Directors Cut.

There are many ways to approach your film viewing, whether by genre, by actor or origin, but one of the most popular tactics is to find a filmmaker you like and then seek out everything they have ever made. However, for one reason or another there are always a few that get away, whether due to unavailability or extra-cinematic obligations in the real world. So, this year on Full Disclosure, we are setting out to plug those gaps together.

Each month, as they are (or would be) celebrating their birthday, we will focus on the work of a single globally recognised filmmaker. Our contributors will be seeking out a film from that director's oeuvre and assessing it for the first time. Should they have seen everything directed by that individual already, they are encouraged to look deeper, seek out a film they produced, or wrote, or even acted in. Anything that will give them a wider understanding and appreciation of the director in question.

This month, as he celebrates his 73rd birthday, Team Twitch looks at the career of Japanese master animator Miyazaki Hayao, director of such masterpieces as Nausicaa And The Valley Of The Wind, My Neighbour Totoro and Spirited Away, whose latest film, The Wind Rises, is rumoured to be his last.