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Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man 15 Years at Studio Ghibli

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About Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man 15 Years at Studio Ghibli

Sharing a House with the Never-Ending Man: 15 Years at Studio Ghibli was written by Steve Alpert.

This highly entertaining business memoir describes what it was like to work for Japan’s premiere animation studio, Studio Ghibli, and its reigning genius Hayao Miyazaki. Steve Alpert, a Japanese-speaking American, was the “resident foreigner” in the offices of Ghibli and its parent Tokuma Shoten and played a central role when Miyazaki’s films were starting to take off in international markets. Alpert describes hauling heavy film canisters of Princess Mononoke to Russia and California, experiencing a screaming Harvey Weinstein, dealing with Disney marketers, and then triumphantly attending glittering galas celebrating the Oscar-winning Spirited Away.

His one-of-a-kind portraits of Miyazaki and long-time producer Toshio Suzuki, and of sly, gruff, and brilliant businessman Yasuyoshi Tokuma, capture the hard work and artistry that have made Ghibli films synonymous with cinematic excellence. And as the lone gaijin in a demanding company run by some of the most famous and influential people in modern Japan, Steve Alpert tackles his own challenges of language and culture. No one else could have written this book.


  • Media: Specialty Books and Magazines
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Themes: Historical
  • Age Rating: 13+
  • Release Date: 6/23/2020
  • Page Count: 296
  • Dimensional Weight: 1

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3 star rating out of 5

Interesting from a point of view, questionable in some aspects.


It's fascinating to have a book written by someone who used to work at Studio Ghibli, and in many ways this book is quite a revelation. Stories like the troubles Ghibli had with Weinstein over MONONOKE in particular are compelling. However, I do feel that some parts of this book come across as contradictory to other evidence.

Case in point: the book claims Miyazaki "vetoed" Hisaishi's rescore for "Castle in the Sky". This goes against the composer's own interview in which Miyazaki actually approved it. Considering the rescore is still available on BD, I seriously doubt the director really had that much misgivings.

In some ways a fascinating relic, but I feel this is only one piece of the puzzle. While some of the anecdotes presented here are interesting to behold, others I'd take with a grain of salt and see what others have to say. It's up to you whether you want it though.

4 star rating out of 5

direct insight into the mind of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli


Word of warning, this book was written by a old man who grew up in a different era, there is one section late in the book where the language the author uses would not be appropriate in 2022,

nevertheless, this book is the closed you're every going to get to understanding how Miyazaki worked and how some of the greatest movies came together. I learned so much about what is arguably the greatest studio of all time. I highly recommend the book. it's a quick read, I'm a very slow reader and I finished it in a week. the physical version comes with a bunch of photos and stuff (I read the ebook version) which are some really behind the scenes stuff.