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Miyazaki surprises Museum of Modern Art filmgoers

posted on 1999-09-25 00:00 EDT

Those in attendance for the second Museum of Modern Art showing of My Neighbor Totoro were shocked and delighted to get a surprise visit from director Hayao Miyazaki.

Many in the audience visibly jumped upon seeing the legendary 58-year-old anime God as he approached from the rear of the theater (this reporter included). "Oh my God, I can't believe he's HERE!" shouted one woman. The audience quickly broke out into applause, and nearly 70% of the 400+ members of the audience joined in a standing ovation that lasted nearly two minutes. "This film is eleven years old. However, since the idea was very hard to sell to companies and supporters, the idea actually spent thirteen years in my head before the eleven years since it was made," Miyazaki explained to the audience through an interpretor. "Nothing would please me more than for you to enjoy it and go home happy."

With that, Miyazaki quickly departed with the rest of his Entourage. He is expected to attend the showing of Princess Mononoke at the New York Film Festival Sunday night.


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