Spirited Away | 千と千尋の神隠し Animezing

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From one of the world of cinema's most gifted artists and storytellers comes the tale of Chihiro, a sullen 10-year-old girl bitter about her parents’ decision to move. While en route to their new home in the country, they discover a mysterious tunnel that leads to an old, abandoned resort town. When her parents decide to help themselves to the tasty morsels they find in an empty concession stall, Chihiro finds herself trapped in a mysterious, enchanted realm of Japanese spirits. In order to survive, she must work to make herself useful, summon her resolve and find the courage to free herself and save her parents.

Japanese anime at its finest, Spirited Away is guaranteed to delight hardcore devotees and newcomers alike. Made after Miyazaki announced and then renounced his retirement following the critically acclaimed Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away became the first anime to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Winner of the Japanese Academy Award for Best Film and the Golden Berlin Bear of the Berlin International Film Festival, it quickly became the highest grossing film in Japanese history, and the first film ever to make more than $200 million before opening in America.


It is the best animated film of recent years, the latest work by Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese master who is a god to the Disney animators.

Roger Ebert

Hayao Miyazaki's breathtakingly beautiful and poetic Spirited Away -- a Japanese cross between Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz -- is such a landmark in animation that labeling it a masterpiece almost seems inadequate.

New York Post

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