The Magic of Make Believe

Hayao Miyazaki is frowning. The director's latest animated feature film Spirited Away is hurtling past Titanic to become Japan's top-grossing movie release ever. The magical fable has cemented his status as a cultural icon in Japan. And his pet project—a whimsically playful children's museum on the outskirts of Tokyo celebrating his work—is finally a reality. But it's Sept. 12, the day after terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington took the lives of thousands, and the 60-year-old director is angry. His mouth is set in a straight line behind a bristly white beard and he grinds out a cigarette butt...

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