Spirited Away

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Miyazaki's first digitally animated feature (the highest-grossing Japanese film ever) initially seems like a Through the Looking-Glass fantasy, but rapidly picks up a resonance, weight and complexity that make it all but Shakespearean. Chihiro, a sullen and resentful 10-year-old, is moving house with her parents when they stumble into the world of the Japanese gods - where the greedy parents are soon turned into pigs. Chihiro bluffs her way into a job in the resort spa run by the sorceress Yubaba, but at the cost of her human name and identity; she becomes Sen. With her links to her own past slipping away, she finds an ally in Yubaba's factotum Haku, a mysteriously powerful boy who also has a lost identity behind him. Never remotely didactic, the film is ultimately a self-fulfilment drama that touches on religious, ethical, ecological and psychological issues. (There's also an undercurrent of satire: Miyazaki admits that Yubaba's bath-house is a parody of his own Studio Ghibli.) No other word for it: a masterpiece.

Release details

Duration: 125 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenwriter: Hayao Miyazaki
Cast: Bunta Sugawara
Miyu Irino
Rumi Hiragi
Mari Natsuki
Takashi Naito

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Joany

This film was amazing, beautiful, wildly imaginative and thrilling. I watched it with my 8-year-old son, who also loved it, and he found moral lessons to be learnt from the story too... Gorgeous.

Joany

This film was amazing, beautiful, wildly imaginative and thrilling. I watched it with my 8-year-old son, who also loved it, and he found moral lessons to be learnt from the story too... Gorgeous.

Charles666

This film is fantastic, Found it by accident on Sky one evening and was transfixed. I look forward to showing it to my daughter when she is a little older.

Charles666

This film is fantastic, Found it by accident on Sky one evening and was transfixed. I look forward to showing it to my daughter when she is a little older.