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— by Alex Dudok de Wit: For much of his epic career, Isao Takahata was eclipsed by his celebrity colleague Hayao Miyazaki — but the filmmaker’s death last year prompted a reevalution of his work. His stock continues to rise with a vast retrospective exhibition, “Takahata Isao: A Legend in Japanese Animation,” which runs until October 6 at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. It makes a case for why Takahata, who co-founded Studio Ghibli and directed such masterpieces as Grave of the Fireflies, was a revolutionary figure in Japanese animation…

July 4, 2019