A remarkable fantasy adventure film quite unlike any other, Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro, a headstrong 10-year old girl, unhappy that her family are moving house and that she will have to make new friends. As they make their way to the new home, Chihiro’s father takes a detour to explore a mysterious tunnel in the woods. On the other side is what seems to be a deserted theme park but is in fact a ghostly town. Unwittingly, they have strayed into the Land of the Spirits, a world of dreamlike scenery inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings, ruled over by a sorceress, Yubaba. With her parents held captive and Yubaba set on enslaving them forever, Chihiro must use all her energy to survive in this strange new place. With the help of Haku, a brave young spirit, she is forced to overcome her fears and join an epic battle for her family’s freedom. —Optimum
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to introduce the films to the rest of the world will let more people appreciate the high-quality works he has given the movie-going public.
Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tôkyô on January 5, 1941. He started his career in 1963 as an animator at the studio Toei Douga studio, and was subsequently involved in many early classics of Japanese animation. From the beginning, he commanded attention with his incredible drawing ability and the seemingly endless stream of movie ideas he proposed.
In 1971, he moved to the A Pro studio with Isao Takahata, then to Nippon Animation in 1973, where he was heavily involved in the World Masterpiece Theater TV animation series for the next five years. In 1978, he directed… read more
The first DVD I ever owned. After watching this, I saw anime movies and anime in general in a new light,
A nightmarish and beautiful movie. One of the most original stories I've ever seen.
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He's been threatening to retire for years, but even at 70, Hayao Miyazaki can't seem to slow down. While he carries on developing films for
What may sound like hyperbole is really the only way to describe Spirited Away. It is not only one of the greatest animated movies, but also one of the best films ever made. Perhaps, no one will ever… read review
probobly one of the most imginative stories ever put on screen. It is his masterwork inwhich all the peices fell in place, i think one of the greatest strengths of Spirited Away is how it holds itself… read review
The wondrous world of Yubaba. Conceived attention and comfort for tiresome godlike creatures. Congregate nameless innocent servants. Sum the wizardry of One, and rule this with sight of greed. The… read review