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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 ...
Chihiro / Sen (voice)
Takashi Naitô ...
Yasuko Sawaguchi ...
Miyu Irino ...
Haku (voice)
Bunta Sugawara ...
Kamajî (voice)
Mari Natsuki ...
Yubaba / Zeniba (voice)
Yumi Tamai ...
Rin (voice)
Tatsuya Gashûin ...
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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(The tunnel led Chihiro to a mysterious town...)


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Rated PG for some scary moments | See all certifications »

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28 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miyazaki's Spirited Away  »

Box Office

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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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#08, with Spider (2002)) See more »

Goofs

When Haku shows Chihiro how to get to Kamaji the door to the boiler room opens inwards and when she eventually comes there it opens outwards. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Chihiro: [reading a card] I'll miss you, Chihiro. Your best friend, Rumi.
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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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References Princess Mononoke (1997) See more »

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Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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Better in the Original Japanese Soundtrack
25 May 2004 | by (New England) – See all my reviews

The art work alone is worthy of the engulfment one experiences when watching the big screen, making me wish I had seen it on the big screen. That is, unless the major release in the US was the English language version.

We ended up renting the DVD and watching it in English. The sound, the voice of Chihiro in particular, grated our ears like nails on a chalk board. After watching it, we played around with the DVD and found the original Japanese soundtrack with English subtitles. Far more subtle and simply put, an AMAZING difference.

So, I would suggest watching it in both languages. English so that you can concentrate on the scenery (with the sound turned down low. Really, the screeching and shouting in English is annoying). Then watch it in Japanese for the color and mood the dialog provides.


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