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[CENTER]Spirited Away (2003) Hayao Miyazaki[/CENTER]
It's epic story is more imaginative, rousing and luscious than anything since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It begins as ten year old Chihiro and her parents discover a tunnel in the countryside that leads them into an ol, abandoned theme park. While her parents help themselves to the contents of a food stand, Chihiro goes exploring. But as night falls she returns to find that her parents have been turned into pigs and leaving Chihiro trapped in the spirit realm. Sent to work in a bathhouse for the gods, she has to find a way to break the spell.
Spirited Away is a feast of gorgeous animation and intelligent storytelling. The workings of Miyazaki's wild imagination are put to screen in scenes like Chihiro's attempt to bathe a 'stink god' a slobbering mass of slime and filth who stinks up the bathouse. Miyazaki's characters are eccentric and original like the frog in a kimono, the 3 disembodied heads or the No-Face creature.
Japanese anime at its finest, Spirited Away is guaranteed to delight hardcore fanboys, children, adults and those who have yet to see what Japan has to offer. In two hours Miyazaki offers more magic and innovation than most animators could manage in over tow decades.
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