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Spirited Away

Director: Hayao Miyazaki; Release Date: April 15, 2003

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Children's fantasy with universal appeal

  • Jun 5, 2008
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This film is enjoyable at face value for its sheer imagination but it also makes you think, which is a considerable point in its favor, particularly when compared to some of the mindless drivel which passes for box office entertainment these days. While it is made in the style of a children's fairy tale, there are underlying themes alluding to the good and bad of human nature and the obstacles one faces on the road from childhood to maturity. The story has depth but also a certain innocence, reminiscent of a child who is unaware that he wise beyond his years.

An awesome effort from Miyazaki and a definite must-see for all audiences. One small recommendation...unless you find that reading subtitles severely hampers your enjoyment of a film, I'd absolutely go with the Japanese-dubbed version. It's how the original was intended and there are confirmed alterations to the English-dubbed version.

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December 30, 2009
I saw this, but I think I'll take your advice and watch it again with the Japanese subtitles. I watched Avalon with a Polish friend who confirmed that an entire scene spoken in Polish had a completely different translation in the English subtitles.
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Quick Tip by . November 11, 2010
Beautiful story of forced honor and the price others pay for someone else's transgression. Keep an eye out for the love story, it's easy to miss it but adds one more dimension to make the film that much better.
Quick Tip by . October 06, 2010
Gorgeous animation, enchanting tale well told from beginning to end
Quick Tip by . April 07, 2010
Truly the work of an eccentric genius. The film features top-notch animation & some incredibly weird characters.
Quick Tip by . March 18, 2010
Honestly, one of my favourite movies. Among Miyazaki's best. Beautiful, strange and amazing.
Quick Tip by . March 16, 2010
Such a sweet & visually tantalizing movie. Not only great for children, but for all other ages as well.
Quick Tip by . December 20, 2009
This is one of my all time favorite films and my favorite movie from Hayao Miyazaki. Beautiful animation & music, and classic characters.
Quick Tip by . September 28, 2009
Highly imaginative and such a sweet, innocent, and thought-provoking film, yet still wonderful for any age.
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Directed by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, SPIRITED AWAY is the tale of Chihiro (voiced by Daveigh Chase), a young girl who is taken down an unusual road by her parents while moving to a new home in an unfamiliar town. The curiosity of Chihiro's mother (Lauren Holly) and father (Michael Chiklis) leads the reluctant child into what appears to be an abandoned amusement park. Soon her parents are greedily feasting on various delights from an enticing food stand and are literally turned into pigs. The frightened and bewildered girl then encounters a young man named Haku (Jason Marsden), who explains what she must do to navigate this strange and magical realm. Finding employment in a bathhouse for spirits and other odd characters--including kimono-wearing frogs, lumbering tentacled monsters, and a mysterious apparition named No Face--Chihiro attempts to figure out how she can free her parents from the clutches of the resort's owner, a powerful witch named Yubaba (Suzanne Pleshette). In the process, she make...
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