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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.

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writer:

Hayao Miyazaki
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Cast

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

The beginning of the title is a play on words "sen to" (meaning "thousand and"). If read as one word, "sento" means bath house, the setting for the film. See more »

Goofs

When Chihiro picked up the chunk of coal off the soot sprite that was being crushed by it, she struggles to lift and carry it. Coal is actually extremely light, and even a piece that big wouldn't have been heavy enough for her to struggle with it as much as she did. 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 »

Alternate Versions

Various dialog is added to the English dub to explain settings, translate Japanese text, or traditions; for example, when Chihiro first sees the bathhouse, in the English dub, she says "It's a bathhouse", which isn't present in the Japanese version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Troldspejlet: Episode #41.15 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Yuya no asa
("Bathhouse Morning") (uncredited)
Composed by Joe Hisaishi
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Mystical, engaging, wonderful!
16 October 2002 | by VapajaSee all my reviews

Spirited Away is one of the most perfect movies I have ever seen. The least I can say about it is that there was not a single moment during it that my attention wasn't completely focused. The plot was fantastic and full-bodied. Each character was given so much personality, even the little soot spiders weren't treated as two-dimensional.

In a way the whole film felt like a dream, in that it is seamless. It flows, effortlessly, from scene to scene, from emotion to emotion - straight from terror and tragedy to comedy - without the subtle bump that wakes you up, that lets you know that the makers of the movie and the creator of the script had wanted you to be crying but now you really should be laughing. It was so LIFELIKE. Sometimes in real life the most grim moments contain honest elements of comedy that do not seem out-of-place. But trying to put that sort of convoluted emotion into a film creates a very thin line that too many have fallen off of.

There was no part of the film that felt fake, or rushed, or shaky; the intensity of the story line and the determination of the lead character was obvious throughout. More than causing interest, this movie made me FEEL. I was sucked into the drama. I can rarely say that a movie made me laugh and cry without feeling like an idiot, but the caliber of this picture is so high that I don't even feel embarrassed. I laughed. I cried. And you will too.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

28 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$449,839, 22 September 2002

Gross USA:

$13,750,644

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$355,467,910
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Sound Mix:

DTS-ES | Dolby Digital EX | Dolby Digital (English-language version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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