A former Studio Ghibli producer has apologised for the sexist comments he made about women’s ability to direct fantasy films. Yoshiaki Nishimura, the producer behind Studio Ghibli’s latest feature When Marnie Was There – who has since left the company – said in an interview that women were too “realistic” to direct an animated fantasy.
He commented, “I definitely had the sexist belief that men had a strong tendency to be idealistic and that women were better at living fantasy, I am reflecting and learning. Gender has nothing to do with making movies. My deepest apologies”.