Anime mastermind Hayao Miyazaki has taken over Japan (and hopefully soon, worldwide) once again with his latest tale, Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. Since its recent July 18 Japanese debut, box office sales of the film have already passed the 10 billion yen mark (around $91 million).
Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea's (titled in Japan as Gake no ue no Ponyo) story resembles Disney's Little Mermaid tale, where a five-year-old boy befriends a mermaid girl who hopes to become human one day. According to the report, a spokesman from the film's Japanese distributor, Toho Co Ltd, said that the film will be featured during the Venice Film Festival next week and will make its way to North America after that.
Since his first anime projects in the 1970s, Hayao Miyazaki has been one of the influential minds behind the creativity of Japanese animation. He won an Academy Award in 2003 for "Best Animated Feature" with Spirited Away (pictured above), along with other nominations. His other films, such as Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke, have already earned their high praises worldwide.