Spirited Away

2002

Spirited Away

Critics Consensus

Spirited Away is a dazzling, enchanting, and gorgeously drawn fairy tale that will leave viewers a little more curious and fascinated by the world around them.

97%

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Total Count: 185

96%

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User Ratings: 336,201
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Master animation director Hayao Miyazaki follows up on his record-breaking 1997 opus Princess Mononoke with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. The film opens with ten-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around -- even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro's bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food. After her mother and father help themselves to some tasty purloined morsels, they turn into giant pigs. Chihiro understandably freaks out and flees. She learns that this very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world. Soon after befriending a boy named Haku, Chihiro learns the rules of the land: one, she must work , as laziness of any kind is not tolerated; and two, she must take on the new moniker of Sen. If she forgets her real name, Haku tells her, then she will never be permitted to leave. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

Cast

Rumi Hiiragi
as Chihiro Ogino
Miyu Irino
as Master Haku
Mari Natsuki
as Yubaba/Zeniba
Takashi Naitô
as Chihiro's father, Akio
Susan Egan
as Lin [USA Version]
Yasuka Sawaguchi
as Chihiro's mother, Yugo
Yasuko Sawaguchi
as Chihiro's Mother, Yuko
Tsunehiko Kamijo
as Assistant Manager
Tara Strong
as Baby Boh
Koba Hayashi
as River God
Tsunehiko Kamijyo
as School principal
Takehiko Ono
as Employee
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  • Mar 11, 2016
    Despite an overlong run time, Spirited Away is a visually stunning film filled with some of the most imaginative characters I've ever seen. In addition to the visuals, the music is beautiful, and the story has something for audience members of all ages.
    Ben B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2015
    I usually enjoy Miyazaki films quite a bit, and while I did enjoy this one, it was way too weird for me. I just couldn't get into it that much. I know people absolutely love this film, but it just wasn't my favorite (I'll always be more into Princess Mononoke personally). That being said, this is a likable film, and the references to Japanese myth and folklore are really cool. And perhaps I'll grow to like this film a little bit more with time and another viewing.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2014
    Japanese animated fantasy, Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi?, "Sen and Chihiro's Spiriting Away") is a 2001 film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Takehiko Ono and Bunta Sugawara. I will use one word to describe it - wonderful! It tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a ten-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighbourhood, enters the spirit world. Stumbling on the food street in that world, her parents are transformed into pigs by the spell of the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), and Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world. Miyazaki's script was based on associate producer Seiji Okuda's ten-year-old daughter, who came to visit his house each summer. Production of the animated film began in year 2000 with a budget of US$19 million, but during production, Miyazaki realized the film would be over three hours long and decided to cut out several parts of the story. I wish I could see the rest of the story! English version of the film was supervised by the Pixar director John Lasseter, a fan of Miyazaki. Screenwriters Cindy Davis Hewitt and Donald H. Hewitt wrote the English-language dialogue, which they wrote to match the characters' original Japanese-language lip movements. I haven't seen that version, I enjoyed the original with subtitles. Just to say that this is the most successful film in Japanese history, grossing about $270-350 million worldwide. The film even overtook Titanic (at the time the top grossing film worldwide) in the Japanese box office to become the highest-grossing film in Japanese history with a ¥30.4 billion total. Critics just love it, as the audience, and this animated movie is considered one of the best films of the 2000s decade and one of the greatest animated films of all time winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival (tied with Bloody Sunday) and is among the top ten in the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14. But , even if you are over 14, better now than never! If you want an amazing out-of-this-world story, excellent animation where technology is kept at a level to enhance the story, not to "steal the show", perfect voice acting, meticulous editing, outstanding music... and many more things... please, spend over 2 hours watching this masterpiece!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2014
    A stirring and memorable adventure of poetry, color, tones and narrative all in the vividness of animation.
    Adriel L Super Reviewer

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