Spirited Away

Spirited Away
  • 2001
  • Japan
  • 2h 5min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
  • Cast: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Bunta Sugawara
  • Language: Japanese

Chihiro travels through a tunnel into another world, where she happens upon a bathhouse for the spirits. After chowing down greedily on some spiked local produce, Chihiro's parents are transformed into pigs, leaving their suddenly dutiful daughter to seek work in the bathhouse in order to release them. Philosophy, anime and shamanism – this is something really stunning that needs to be seen to be believed.

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From the archive: The beauty of Studio Ghibli

16 Jun 2020

Upon the release of Spirited Away in 2003, Eddie Harrison took a deep dive into the mastery of Hayao Miyazaki

If you can stop looking at the pictures for a moment, I want to tell you about a spirit loose in our cinemas. In 1999 I was working as an AFI Film Festival usher in the El Capitan cinema, directly across Hollywood Boulevard from Grauman's Chinese…

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