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22,211 Ratings

Spirited Away

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
Japan, 2001
Animation, Adventure, Family

Synopsis

A wildly imaginative fantasy with personal and universal appeal — tells the story of Chihiro. Upon stumbling into a magical world for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, she learns that she must work there to set herself free.

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Spirited Away Directed by Hayao Miyazaki
The film is an ideal introduction to the director by virtue of its balance. Spirited Away is epic in aesthetic scope and urgent in its narrative motivation, but apart from Ponyo, it’s also the closest that Miyazaki ever came to replicating the idyllic escapism of My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
June 16, 2015
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For evidence that Hayao Miyazaki works from a different playbook than his Disney counterparts, look no further than the dynamic, kaleidoscopic world of SPIRITED AWAY… The film, like any great imagination, knows no bounds, and its scope and soaring ambition have rightly marked it as Miyazaki’s masterpiece.
July 13, 2012
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The dominant color in [the train] sequence is blue. The cloud-dotted, aquamarine sky is reflected in the flood water, and the train often seems to serve as a border between them, cutting horizontally across the frame like an equator. It’s a subtle analog for the relationship between the spirit world and the “real” world — which in Miyazaki’s films are more connected than any of us realize, and mirror images of each other.
November 12, 2010
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