10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki

Synopsis
An exclusive four-part documentary chronicling the creative process of the legendary filmmaker, re-edited from the original NHK broadcast version with cooperation from Studio Ghibli. Covering the development periods from Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008) to The Wind Rises (2013), Hayao Miyazaki is shown as a passionate artisan, a steadfast trailblazer, and a father butting heads with his son.

1. Ponyo is Here
A documentary filmmaker shadows Miyazaki at work as he dreams up characters and plotlines for what would become his 2008 blockbuster, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

2. Drawing What's Real
As he dreams up characters and plotlines for "Ponyo," Miyazaki delves into memories of his late mother for a thread to weave the story together. "Movies show who you are," Miyazaki says, "no matter how hard you try to hide it."

3. Go Ahead -- Threaten Me
Sparks fly as Miyazaki and his son Goro work on the film From Up on Poppy Hill (2011). In the final stretch, a massive earthquake and nuclear disaster rock Japan, while Miyazaki puts his son's resolve as a director to the test.

4. No Cheap Excuses
At age 72, Miyazaki takes on a new challenge. It becomes the highly-acclaimed The Wind Rises (2013), his first film about a historical figure. The filmmaker grapples with issues of aging and the meaning of making animated films in a turbulent time.

Episode list

1. Ponyo is Here
2. Drawing What's Real
3. Go Ahead -- Threaten Me
4. No Cheap Excuses