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

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In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

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Cast

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

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

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Rated PG for some scary moments | See all certifications »

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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

JPY 1,900,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£152,504 (UK) (12 September 2003)

Gross:

£542,530 (UK) (26 September 2003)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The theme of not looking back is a reference to Lot and his family as they flee Sodom and Gamorah and possibly the later Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. See more »

Goofs

When Kamajii bangs the wheel to alert the Mushi-balls, a chopstick clearly falls down from the bowls. However, when he is cleaning off the dust only a minute later, there are two chopsticks again. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

References The Seven Year Itch (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Sen no Yuuki
("Sen's Courage")
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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User Reviews

better than Disney by a long shot
11 October 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film-everything about it glows and shines in a gentle luminosity. This film, if you have seen some of Miyazaki's other work, is quite light. The characters are beautifully and lovingly created and the colouring and setting of this film is absolutely superb. This is a beautiful little film and I can't wait for the next feature from Hayao Miyazaki-he is better than Walt Disney.

Miyazaki blends the characters and the environment very well together, and I can see that this would be enjoyed for people at many different levels. Miyazaki enjoys creating female heroines and I was pleased that Chihiro lived up to the expression and beauty of her predecessors-like Nausicaa from the Valley of the Wind. This is beautiful and I would advise anyone to take a look at it's scope and serenity, along with it's fast paced plot and of course, the dreamlike settings that make it truly wonderful.


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