Japanese director-animator Isao Takahata died at the age of 82, while in a hospital in Tokyo, the NHK television and radio company reported . The cause of death was lung cancer.
In 1959, Takahata graduated from the University of Tokyo and got a job in the “Tōei Dōga animation company”, where he met Hayao Miyazaki, who later also became a famous animator. Their first joint work, Prince of the North (1968), failed at the box office, but despite the dismissal, they continued to work together. In 1985, Miyazaki and Takahata founded the “Ghibli” studio.
Takahata is known for the films “The Tomb of the Fireflies”, “My Neighbors Yamada”, “Yesterday” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”, which received the Oscar nomination. The animator acted as a producer of Miyazaki’s films, including “Laputa’s Heavenly Castle” and “Navsikaya from the Valley of the Winds”.