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Spirited Away (2001) at a glance

Spirited Away (2001) is a masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki which has won the Golden Bear in 2002 and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003. Constantly ranked top ten among the best animation films of all time, this animated feature is also the highest-grossing film in Japan; the most successful film in Japanese history.

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Spirited Away (2001) Trailer

Spirited Away (2001) Synopsis

A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world.

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Spirited Away (2001) Review

Chihiro and her parents.
Chihiro and her parents.

Spirited Away (2001) is one of those films no matter how many times you have watched it, in your childhood or present time, that is always enchanting as it would never fail to captivate you. A realization of brilliant fantasy and imagination, this animated feature is a realistic depiction of strange tales with plenty remarkable animated scenes that are everlasting.

I always remember granny Zeniiba. And the eerie Kaonashi.
I always remember granny Zeniiba. And the eerie Kaonashi.

There is nothing much one can complain about this film because it is just perfect in various aspects; from the character creations, art direction, running time and to the storyline. Besides the magnificent film making and cinematography, this film is everlasting as it is also filled with plenty of expressive themes and elements that everyone could relate to as well as being entertained.

Susuwatari love sugar candies!
Susuwatari love sugar candies!

Even more, this film is filled with a lot of strange and adorable magical creatures or spirits such as Susuwatari, Kaonashi, Shikigami, Ootori-sama, Kashira, witches, yuna, giant baby, river spirit, radish spirit and many others which are quite funny to watch. Each of these spirits have their own purpose of existence and you may be able to learn a little about them from this film!


If you are not familiar with strange tales, you may find this film overwhelming but in the end, Spirited Away (2001) is nothing short of breathtaking and you may eventually come to love it. You should watch this if you haven't!

This is one of my favorite Japanese animated films from childhood. ♥

Who will like this?

People who likes spirits/ghost/strange stories will love this!

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Other Movie Reviews (from the same studio)

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Castle in the Sky (1986)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Only Yesterday (1991)
Porco Rosso (1992)
Pom Poko (1994)
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Princess Mononoke (1997)
My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)
The Cat Returns (2002)
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
Tales from Earthsea (2006)
Ponyo (2008)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
The Wind Rises (2013)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013)
When Marnie Was There (2014)

Details of the movie

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijō, Takehiko Ono, Bunta Sugawara
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Disney
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Family Fantasy
Running time: 125 mins
Budget: USD 19,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 274,925,095 est.

Official website(s)

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Spirited Away (2001) Behind the Scenes

Spirited Away (2001) Poster


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