Last week saw the death of Studio Ghibli co-creator Isao Takahata, and tributes are coming around online to celebrate his legacy. Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Rian Johnson is an obvious cinephile, and has decided to pay his respects to Takahata's work in light of his passing.
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Though Hayao Miyazaki is the director that has become the face of Studio Ghibli, Takahata himself is a distinguished director who has also made other heart-wrenching animations with The Tale of Princess Kaguya and Only Yesterday. Even his kid-friendly Pom Poko manages to tug at the heartstrings, despite being an animated comedy magical raccoons (with giant testicles).
If you haven't checked out Takahata's work, surely his most famous film is Grave of the Fireflies. The movie follows the story of a young boy and his little sister trying to survive Japan during World War II. Like Johnson suggests, it is one sad movie, and the film currently sits at IMDb's Top Rated Movies of all time as number 56.
Takahata may have passed away, but he certainly has left a legacy of films that will be enjoyed by multiple generations of not just anime fans, but movie lovers of all kinds.