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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi can be found at

No. Hayao Miyazaki, Japanese director of animated films and co-founder of an animation studio and production company, came out of retirement to write and direct Spirited Away/Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi. Miyazaki based the story on his friend and the friend's daughter.

According to Ghibli sources, Chihiro is 10, Haku is about 12-13, Lin is about 16, Chihiro's mother is 35, and her father is 38.

The story line is tight enough to determine that Chihiro was in the spirit world for three nights--in spirit-world Time. There are many differing opinions about how long that was in human-world time.

Viewers have many different interpretations of this character, including theories about a symbol of greed, a relation to noh theater, a symbol for multiple personality, and even some people say that this character represents a lustful man who looks for sexual services, as if the bath house was in fact a brothel. However, as Hayao Miyazaki stated in an interview, No-Face is a homeless wanderer god (non existent in Japanese folklore) that in fact represents the contemporary Japan, the Japan in which people think that money will make them happy.

Greed and selfishness. Notice that all they wanted was the gold and later when they found out that No-Face was a "monster" all they wanted was to save their own skins.

Not according to Hayao Miyazaki. The source is an interview with him in the film pamphlet sold in theaters during the film's first run in 2001. He did, however, make a distinction that not recalling an incident is not the same as forgetting it. He raised the possibility that the memory could always come back to her at a later time.

However, one of the major modifications to the film's script in the English dub is an extra line that implies that Chihiro does remember the events of the film and is now much stronger in spirit for her adventure. The English script was approved by Studio Ghibli.

Kamaji says this because Zeniba put a spell on Haku to slowly kill him, in revenge since Haku stole her gold seal. "Bleeding from the inside" means bleeding internally; since Haku swallowed the seal it is inside of him and it's causing his internal organs to hemorrhage. The "paper birds" are Shikigami, spirits trapped in paper created by Zeniba.

No. Spirited Away was animated digitally, and then transferred to celluloid film for archival purposes.

Lin is a weasel, the radish spirit is a radish, Yubaba and Zeniba are witches and ravens, Haku and the supposed "stink spirit" are river spirits and dragons, Kamagi is a spider and most of the other spirits are various plants and animals. The shadows at the train stops are human souls departing to the next life from the human world. Boh is a giant baby. The paper birds are Shikigami. The foreman is a large frog.

This is because the spirits are personifications of whatever material object, animal or thing they represent. Their design is also influential to the story and to Chihiro's character - at first she is frightened and repulsed by some of her new acquaintances, but as she becomes more mature, she also learns that appearance isn't everything and that most of the spirits, such as the Radish Spirit and Kamagi, are very nice and not scary at all.

It's common, especially on fanfiction websites and forums, for the topic of a possible Spirited Away sequel to come up, usually with names such as "Spirited Away 2: Chihiro X Haku" or "Return to Yubaba's". However, Miyazaki has retired and though his son has taken over, there hasn't been any official news about a sequel as of 2015.

It was never said in the film that the two characters were "in love". Kamagi says that they love each other, but it's heavily implied that their love is based on friendship, not romance. Chihiro and Haku are both children so romance wouldn't make a lot of sense. It's up to the individual viewer how they want to see the love between both characters.


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