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Spirited Away (2002)

Animation, Anime & Manga, and Art House & International movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki

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A Miyazaki Masterpiece

  • Nov 15, 2007
Spirited Away is a film directed by renowned anime director Hayao Miyazaki. This was a critically acclaimed film, and even won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

This coming-of-age story revolves around a spoiled 10-year-old girl named Chihiro. She is unhappy about having to move to a new home and going to a new school. While heading to their new home, the family takes a detour and end up in another world, one that is populated by spirits. Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs, and she must find a way to survive in that world until she can rescue her parents. This is a very well-done story, and the animation is simply exquisite.

This DVD release includes a documentary about the film, the Nippon television special about the making of the film, a storyboard-to-scene comparison, a short documentary about dubbing in the English voices, and a collection of the original Japanese trailers for the film.

Spirited Away is an anime masterpiece, and it will definitely continue to be an anime classic well into the future.

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review by . September 08, 2003
posted in ASIANatomy
There is so much that could be said about Hayao Miyazaki's incredible tale of a little girl lost in a new world, it's difficult to even know where to begin. Since others have already said so much, I'll try to keep it short."Spirited Away" has all the ingredients of a classic fairy tale, but told using a modern medium. In just over two hours, it accomplishes the admirable goal of establishing a new world, one experienced for the first time by the young human girl Chihiro, later called Sen. As first …
review by . May 14, 2003
posted in Movie Hype
This has become my favorite movie. I rented Sprited Away on thursday evening, watched it, with great amazement at today's advanced animation technology. I couldn't get it out of my head all week, untill I finally bought it.    The animation is superb, the characters really grow on you ( Chihiro is adorable, as she grws greatly as a person, alongside with a bunch of whacky characters that make you laugh and cry at the same time)I loved the lenght of this movie, so anyone who thinks that …
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The highest grossing film in Japanese box-office history (more than $234 million), Hayao Miyazaki'sSpirited Away(Sen To Chihiro Kamikakushi) is a dazzling film that reasserts the power of drawn animation to create fantasy worlds. Like Dorothy inThe Wizard of Ozand Lewis Carroll's Alice, Chihiro (voice by Daveigh Chase--Lilo in Disney'sLilo & Stitch) plunges into an alternate reality. On the way to their new home, the petulant adolescent and her parents find what they think is a deserted amusement park. Her parents stuff themselves until they turn into pigs, and Chihiro discovers they're trapped in a resort for traditional Japanese gods and spirits. An oddly familiar boy named Haku (Jason Marsden) instructs Chihiro to request a job from Yubaba (Suzanne Pleshette), the greedy witch who rules the spa. As she works, Chihiro's untapped qualities keep her from being corrupted by the greed that pervades Yubaba's mini-empire. In a series of fantastic adventures, she purges a river god suffering from human pollution, rescues the mysterious No-Face, and befriends Yubaba's kindly twin, Zeniba (Pleshette again). The resolve, bravery, and love Chihiro discovers within herself enable her to aid Haku and save her parents. The result is a moving and magical journey, told with consummate skill by one of the masters of contemporary animation. MPAA Rated: PG ("Some scary moments")--Charles Solomon
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Director: Hayao Miyazaki
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
Runtime: 125 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Video

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