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Miyazaki at the Spirited Away premiere

   

September 10th, 2002 marked the premiere of the English dubbed version of Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away" in the United States. To celebrate the occasion, director and writer Hayao Miyazaki himself was onhand to answer questions that the audience had. Accompanying Mr. Miyazaki was Toshio Suzuki, who is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli and produced the film. The question and answer period was moderated by Charles Solomon, who frequently writes about animation and, in particular, does a lot of writing on Japanese Animation, including Miyazaki's works.

Spirited Away showing at the El Capitan (DSC01986.jpg - 81030 bytes)

Spirited Away showing at the El Capitan

The grand curtain of the El Capitan theatre (DSC02021.jpg - 81947 bytes)

The grand curtain of the El Capitan theatre

Another view of the grand curtain (DSC02023.jpg - 86527 bytes)

Another view of the grand curtain

From left to right:  Charles Solomon, the translator, Hayao Miyazaki, and Toshio Suzuki (DSC02002.jpg - 80397 bytes)

From left to right: Charles Solomon, the translator, Hayao Miyazaki, and Toshio Suzuki

Solomon poses a question to Miyazaki (DSC02004.jpg - 81721 bytes)

Solomon poses a question to Miyazaki

The translator translates for Miyazaki (DSC02005.jpg - 80858 bytes)

The translator translates for Miyazaki

A response.  Obviously, probably a funny one, since Suzuki is laughing (DSC02018.jpg - 80085 bytes)

A response. Obviously, probably a funny one, since Suzuki is laughing

Translator, Miyazaki, Suzuki (DSC02020.jpg - 80947 bytes)

Translator, Miyazaki, Suzuki