Miss Hokusai (2015)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Miyazaki frequently caricatures himself as a pig, and the flying pig Porco is perhaps the closest thing to a self-portrait in any of his films. Set in the Adriatic Sea in the 1930s, this former Italian World War I pilot is now a cynical, middle-aged free agent chasing air pirates for the bounties. But his Bogart-like "I stick my neck out for no one" attitude is challenged when he has to help the idealistic daughter of an old friend and defend the honor of an old flame against an upstart American pilot.
The Wind Rises (2013)
Miyazaki's most recent feature-length film is a fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi, the brilliant aeronautical engineer who designed the famous Mitsubishi Zero fighter plane, the most advanced airplane in the world at the time. Jiro’s work is driven by a love of the beauty of flight, while Miyazaki examines how a creator's love of his creation can sometimes blind him to the seeds of destruction it contains.
Ponyo is Hayao Miyazaki's reimagining of The Little Mermaid and a tribute to his son, Goro Miyazaki. Ponyo is the "fish-girl" daughter of an undersea magician who longs to live on the land. She escapes to the land and meets a five-year-old boy named Sosuke. But Ponyo's transformation into a human girl upsets the balance between the real and the magical worlds, and only the love of these two five-year-olds can set things right.