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When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.
Chihiro and her parents are moving to a small Japanese town in the countryside, much to Chihiro's dismay. On the way to their new home, Chihiro's father makes a wrong turn and drives down a lonely one-lane road which dead-ends in front of a tunnel. Her parents decide to stop the car and explore the area. They go through the tunnel and find an abandoned amusement park on the other side, with its own little town. When her parents see a restaurant with great-smelling food but no staff, they decide to eat and pay later. However, Chihiro refuses to eat and decides to explore the theme park a bit more. She meets a boy named Haku who tells her that Chihiro and her parents are in danger, and they must leave immediately. She runs to the restaurant and finds that her parents have turned into pigs. In addition, the theme park turns out to be a town inhabited by demons, spirits, and evil gods. At the center of the town is a bathhouse where these creatures go to relax. The owner of the bathhouse ... Written by
There is simply no denying that Miyazaki is the Godfather of
Japanese Animation, time and time again delivering unto the
public works of such incredible beauty, such stunning visual and
sensory delights, such mastery of storytelling, that one can only be
left speechless. Overwhelmed. Intoxicated with wonder. Such is
the magic of Spirited Away.
Much like Miyazaki's previous feature Princess Mononoke, Spirited
Away is an epic fairytale fantasy that deserves no better medium
than the stunning animation work of Studio Ghibli. This multiple
award-winning masterpiece has grown to become the largest
grossing film in Japanese history, and rightly so. From the
moment our child heroine Chihiro enters the bath houses we are
literally bombarded with an overwhelming sense of detail and rich,
lavish colours rarely - if ever - seen in western animation. Scenes
such as Chihiro running through the field of flowers, the
marvellous landscapes seen from the train, Haku and Chihiro
soaring the skies above, and Chihiro running across the pipe to
climb the walls of the bath house are nothing short of breathtaking,
and undoubtably some of the most lavish animation ever to hit the
The world of Spirited Away is simply bustling with life; unique,
quirky, instantly lovable creatures jostling about their daily activities
and tasks in the bath houses, dancing across the screen like
leaves caught in a playful summer breeze. The inventiveness of
Miyazaki's character designs, much like in Mononoke, is wonderful
to behold, in fact not since classic tales like Lewis Carroll's Alice In
Wonderland and The Neverending Story have we been able to fall
hopelessly in love with such original, quirky, magical, even
fantastical characters. The viewer is plunged headfirst into another
world for nearly two hours and one cannot help but be completely
and utterly captivated.
The music and original score is stunningly beautiful, the original
Japanese language track of such high quality that one wonders
why someone could insult the work by producing a dub track at all.
With a plot differing in its complexity on so many levels, from the
basic storyline, to the omnipresent universal themes, to the
riddling of Japanese history and fable throughout, children and
adults alike will be mesmerised from start to end. A magical,
awe-inspiring, tearful, laughter-filled, heartfelt journey through a
land of sweeping fantasy and dreams.
Prepare to be Spirited Away........................
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