Japanese Anime Film Director Takahata Dies

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Tokyo, April 6 (Jiji Press)--Japanese animated film director Isao Takahata, known for such films as "Hotaru no Haka" (Grave of the Fireflies) and "Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pompoko" (Pom Poko), died of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital Thursday. He was 82.

Takahata made his directorial debut with "Taiyo no Oji Horusu no Daiboken" (Horus, Prince of The Sun) in 1968.

In collaboration with Japanese anime giant Hayao Miyazaki, in the 1970s and later, he directed anime film "Panda Kopanda" (Panda! Go, Panda!), and such television anime series as "Alps no Shojo Heidi" (Heidi, Girl of the Alps), "Haha wo Tazunete Sanzenri" (3000 Leagues in Search of Mother) and "Akage no Anne" (Anne of Green Gables).

Takahata served as producer for "Kaze no Tani no Naushika" (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind) and "Tenku no Shiro Rapyuta" (Castle in the Sky), both directed by Miyazaki.

In 1985, Takahata and Miyazaki jointly founded anime powerhouse Studio Ghibli Inc.

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