Spirited Away


Review: Chihiro, a young 10 year old girl finds herself having to move to the suburbs with her family. She enters a world which is run by gods, witches, spirits and also where humans are changed into beasts.
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Actors: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette and Miyu Irino
Year: 2001
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy and Sci-Fi
Conclusion: 4/5
A beautiful film enriched with lots of colourful detail. The drawings in this are so well expressed and a lot of thought must have gone into it. The English version has been excellently dubbed by John Lasseter who was the creator of the Toy Story franchises. In Japan the supernatural is such a large part of their culture. They don’t question it in the way that we do (America, U.K.). It is much more part of their world than it is for us. This broke the Japanese box office beating Titanic (1997) with a 30.4 billion total. The themes that occur in this is the line between good and evil and also the shock of entering adulthood and the world of work. The motifs are greed, food and environmentalism. The symbols have a huge part to play, they are water, flight and gold. At the Academy Awards in 2003 this won 1 Oscar and that was for Best Animated Feature.


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