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Spirited Away is a movie of a young girl who must work as a mystical bathhouse to save her parents. The seventh directed by Hayao Miyazaki and the first anime to take the Academy Award for Best Animated Film.

Spirited Away (2001)
Spirited Away (2001)

The film Spirited Away is an animated movie set in a fantasy realm discovered by a young girl. It's the seventh animated movie directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. Music was composed by Joe Hisaishi. The Studio Ghibli company produced the movie and distributed by TOHO. It took the award for Best Animated Picture at the Academy Awards. The first ever anime movie to take the award.

The original Japanese release of the film was on July 27, 2001. The movie had a ¥1.9 Billion ($19 Million) budget and it would go on to a gross revenue of ¥27.5 Billion ($275 Million). The movie would outsell Titanic(1997) in Japan box office. The English dub cast was produced by the Pixar Animation Studio, and produced by John Lasseter. So taken was he with the film that when Disney approached him about the adaptation the the American market that he made time in his already full schedule to executive produce. When the film was released the U.S. market on September 20, 2002. It made over $10 million by September 2003.

The Buena Vista Distribution arm of Disney released the DVD and VHS on April 15, 2003.

Plot

Chihiro works at a mystical bathhouse to save her parents.
Chihiro works at a mystical bathhouse to save her parents.

Young girl, Chihiro, must journey from modern-day Japan to the Spirit World in order to rescue her parents, who have been turned into pigs. This is a surreal mixture of the childhood adventure of My Neighbor Totoro with the threatening other-world of Princess Mononoke and the transformations of Porco Rosso.

After taking a wrong turn on the way to their new house, Chihiro's family end up in what appears to be the ruins of a theme park. As night falls, it transforms into a literal "ghost town." Chihiro's parents are changed into pigs, and she is forced to work in an unearthly bathhouse. Like many Miyazaki heroines before her, she is kind to those in need, and the new friends she meets come to her aid when her fellow indentured servant Haku is placed in grave danger.

Characters

Chihiro Ogino - is a ten year old girl unhappy about moving away form her home into a new place. While she sits in the car you can spot some obvious facts about her. She is quite young, lazy, stubborn, and scared. But the more we watch the more Chihiro changes into a different better person. She cares a lot for others and doesn't like disappointing others. She makes very good friend in this. Ew world and she can be very strong-willed. Her past involves a flashback where she lost her shoe in a river a long time ago. This child's future, present and past keeps us entertained through the whole film.

Haku - is a very serious character he originated form Chihiro's world but she first met him is this new world. You don't need to look carefully to find out he basic info about him. He is wise, naive, serious, powerful and absolutely fearless. He has a sacred form that he can become a blue and white dragon. But he has a linked past with Chihiro Ogino. They met eachother a long time ago. Haku is actually the spirit of the the Kohaku river, long ago Chihiro lost her shoe in that river when she went to save it Kohaku saves her. In most of the movie he is the servant for Yubaba but at the very end he gains his freedom.

Production

Chihiro riding the dragon Haku.
Chihiro riding the dragon Haku.

Like a maverick diamond cutter, Miyazaki has made some innovative choices in the facets he carves. Like Mamoru Oshii's Patlabor films, the leads in SA often seem like clueless bystanders in someone else's story. Its chills are sometimes lost on an audience that cannot read Japanese, such as the creepy moment when Chihiro walks through a harmless-seeming village, although the signs over the cafés in the background offer "Flesh," "Fresh Eyeballs," and "Dog." The most obvious "hidden" plotline is a romance between a human child and a river god, one of many forbidden loves in Japanese mythology, seen before in Ushio and Tora. Another is a tale of warring sisters who live close by and continue to feud incessantly. The witch Yubaba's bathhouse is a meeting place for innumerable folk tales old and new, some of which only have a single scene to charm us. We see the end, but not the beginning, of the tale of a river god polluted by litter dumping (Miyazaki's obligatory environmental moment), the last part of the tale of a dragon- thief, and curious scenes from the life of No Face, a lonely, violent god desperate to be loved.

Miyazaki's eye for the fantastic does not disappoint, with desolate vistas of a world knee-deep in water, a train to nowhere (perhaps it shares a terminus with My Neighbor Totoro's Catbus?), and a truly Grimm sense of the horrors that lie beneath the surface of the most innocent story. One critic controversially suggested that SA was a subtle allegory of life in a brothel, and like all the best fairy tales, the film is innocent, child-friendly, and psychologically disturbing all at once.

Chihiro leaves the bathhouse.
Chihiro leaves the bathhouse.

It shares the impenetrable ethnocentric references of Isao Takahata's Pompoko and a Japanese obsession with bathing and the smell of outsiders, but it seems to lack the humanity of Kiki's Delivery Service. Considering this is a story about a girl in a very inhuman world, that's probably part of the point, but the result could so easily have been the same as with Princess Mononoke-Nebraska mallrats prefer to watch the latest Jerry Bruckheimer, another Miyazaki film tanks in the U.S., and the fans blame Disney, who would really very much prefer it if Miyazaki remade My Neighbor Totoro anyway and stopped doing animated pastiches of Tarkovsky and comedy allegories of union demarcation disputes involving a collective of soot-creatures. However, Spirited Away defied many expectations by winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003, gaining the film a new lease on life, and pushing Miyazaki to the forefront of anime's expansion abroad, despite the fact that much of his work is made in reaction to mainstream Japanese animation and is not really representative of it. His next directorial outing was Howl's Moving Castle.

Soundtrack

SongsArtistTime
One Summer's Day (あの夏へ, Ano Natsu e)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)3:09
A Road to Somewhere (とおり道, Toori Michi)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)2:07
The Empty Restaurant (誰もいない料理店, Dare mo Inai Ryōriten)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)3:15
Nighttime Coming (夜来る, Yoru Kuru)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)2:00
The Dragon Boy (竜の少年, Ryū no Shōnen)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)2:12
Sootballs (ボイラー虫, Boirā Mushi)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)2:33
Procession of the Spirits (神さま達, Kamisama-tachi)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)3:00
Yubaba (湯婆婆)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)3:30
Bathhouse Morning (湯屋の朝, Yuya no Asa)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)2:02
Day of the River (あの日の川, Ano Hi no Kawa)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)3:13
It's Hard Work (仕事はつらいぜ, Shigoto wa Tsuraize)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)2:26
The Stink Spirit (おクサレ神, Okusaregami)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)4:01
Sen's Courage (千の勇気, Sen no Yūki)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)2:45
The Bottomless Pit (底なし穴, Sokonashi Ana)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)1:18
Kaonashi (No Face) (カオナシ, Kaonashi)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)3:47
The Sixth Station (6番目の駅, Roku Banme no Eki)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)3:38
Yubaba's Panic (湯婆婆狂乱, Yubaba Kyōran)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)1:38
The House at Swamp Bottom (沼の底の家, Numa no Soko no Ie)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)1:29
Reprise (ふたたび, Futatabi)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)4:56
The Return (帰る日, Kaeru Hi)Joe Hisaishi (久石譲)3:20
Always With Me (いつも何度でも, Itsumo Nando demo)Youmi Kimura (木村弓)3:35

Characters & Voice Actors

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Haku ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Miyu Irino ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Jason Marsden ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Chihiro Ogino ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Rumi Hiiragi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Daveigh Chase ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Kamaji ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Bunta Sugawara ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
David Ogden Stiers ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Yubaba ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mari Natsuki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Suzanne Pleshette ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Zeniba ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Mari Natsuki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Suzanne Pleshette ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Lin ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yumi Tamai ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Susan Egan ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
No-Face ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tatsuya Gashuin ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Bob Bergen ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Frog ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Akio Ogino ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Takashi Naito ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Michael Chiklis ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Yuko Ogino ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Yasuko Sawaguchi ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)
Lauren Holly ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Boh ( x ) ( x ) ( x )
Tara Strong ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (English)
Ryunosuke Kamiki ( x ) ( x ) ( x ) (Japanese)

Credits

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Hayao Miyazaki Director One of the most widely-recognized anime directors in Japan and probably the most well-known outside of Japan, Hayao Miyazaki is known for his whimsical films, created by the animation studio he co-founded, Studio Ghibli.
Naoyoshi Shiotani Inbetweener An up-and-coming anime director.
Koujirou Tsuruoka Inbetweener
Toshio Suzuki Producer Toshio Suzuki is the managing director and general manager of Studio Ghibli. Worked as a producer at Ghibli until March 2014.

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General Information Edit
Name: Spirited Away
Release Date: Sept. 20, 2002
Name: 千と千尋の神隠し
Romaji: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Release Date: July 20, 2001
Rating: None
Runtime: 125 (mins)
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