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Spirited Away (2001)
"Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi" (original title)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  28 March 2003 (USA)
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During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rumi Hiiragi ...
Chihiro Ogino / Sen (voice)
Miyu Irino ...
Haku (voice)
Mari Natsuki ...
Yubaba / Zeniba (voice)
Takashi Naitô ...
Akio Ogino (voice)
Yasuko Sawaguchi ...
Yûko Ogino (voice)
Tatsuya Gashûin ...
Aogaeru (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ...
Yumi Tamai ...
Rin (voice)
Yô Ôizumi ...
Bandai-gaeru (voice)
Koba Hayashi ...
Kawa no Kami (voice)
Tsunehiko Kamijô ...
Chichiyaku (voice)
Takehiko Ono ...
Aniyaku (voice)
Bunta Sugawara ...
Kamajî (voice)
Shigeru Wakita ...
Shirô Saitô ...


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 is... Written by Zachary Harper

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


(The tunnel led Chihiro to a mysterious town...)

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary moments | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miyazaki's Spirited Away  »

Box Office


JPY 1,900,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,052,197 (France) (19 April 2002)


£542,530 (UK) (26 September 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The cleansing of the river spirit is based on a real-life incident in Hayao Miyazaki's life in which he participated in the cleaning of a river, removing, among other things, a bicycle. See more »


When Sen and Lin are asked to clean the "big tub" before they start to clean it the tub appears full with dirty water but a few seconds later Lin and sen are stood in the tub but it is empty. See more »


[first lines]
Chihiro: [reading a card] I'll miss you, Chihiro. Your best friend, Rumi.
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Crazy Credits

The credits have a series of still images from the film. The last image before the film fades is Chihiro's shoe in the river. See more »


References The NeverEnding Story (1984) See more »


Ani Hi no Kawa
("Day of the River")
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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User Reviews

A stunning, intoxicating, magical masterpiece.
4 November 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

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 screen.

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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