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Spirited Away (2001)

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (original title)
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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 ... Written by Zachary Harper

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(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


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$10,049,886 (USA) (29 August 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spirited Away (2001) earned ¥30.4 billion, making it the highest grossing film in Japanese history, overtaking Titanic at the box office. See more »


The smudge on Chihiro's face changes shape, switches sides, and disappears at random during the first 40 minutes of the movie. 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 »


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Written by Mike Castonguay, Marc Terenzi, Ben Bledsoe
Performed by Natural and Ben Bledsoe
Produced by Ben Bledsoe and Mike Castonguay
BMG Records and Trans Continental Records
(German Release)
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User Reviews

Strange, touching and beautiful
26 December 2013 | by (wherever good films play) – See all my reviews

Personally, I've never seen anything as original in an animated film as in this deeply mythical fairytale. What a surreal idea for a movie! It's hard to find an adequate description (because I also don't want to spoil this in the slightest way) but this film has a sense of "otherness" to it - for lack of a better word - like none I've ever seen. And the strange, mythical nature of this film - apart from the amazing artwork - is probably one of the main reasons for its appeal to me.

Maybe the themes of the story don't feel quite as strange to an eastern audience because they fit to a certain degree with some eastern/Asian mythologies - to me, this beautiful piece of wonder was something new. And a profoundly moving experience.

Outstanding animation; funny, weird, scary and touching at the same time, this unique work of art is one I can't recommend enough. 10 out of 10.

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