I cannot stress how great this movie is. Spirited Away is a fantasy adventure film unlike any other. It Won honors at the 2003 Oscars (best animated picture) & carried away the golden bear at the Berlin international film festival of the same year. Spirited Away was also the highest grossing movie of all time at the Japanese box office taking a staggering $230m.
Directed by Japanese Anime god Hayao Miyazaki the movie challenges the boundaries of reality and immerses the viewer in a magical world inhabited by dragons, sprits & gods. Miyazaki has created a modern Alice in Wonderland an hallucinogenic journey deep into his own imagination.
Miyazaki 's last film. Princess Mononoke, was previously the biggest film in Japan , overtaking Titanic at the box office. Revered by some of the world's leading filmmakers, Spirited Away has been greeted with almost universal praise across the globe. Its traditional hand drawn style with detailed interiors and lush pastoral scenes are stunningly realised.
Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a capricious, headstrong, 10 year-old girl, who believes the entire universe should submit to her every whim. Whilst en-route to a new home, Chihiro and her parents stumble on a mysterious cul-de-sac. Intrigued, they are confronted with an endless tunnel leading to a ghostly town. Chihiro's parents greedily devour free food and are turned unceremoniously into pigs as she looks on. Unwittingly, they have strayed into the Land of the Spirits, a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings, ruled over by a demonic sorceress Yubaba. Finding an ally in the enigmatic Haku, he explains that in order to fight annihilation, to survive this strange and perilous new world, Chihiro must make herself useful, she must work. Chihiro renounces her laziness, her humanity, her reason, her memories, even her name
The English language version is executive produced by Toy Story director John Lasseter and features the voices of Daveleigh Chase (Lilo and Stitch, The Ring), Mihael Chkis (The Sheid) and Lauren Holly (What Women Want).