Ranked #15

Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi

Alternative Titles

English: Spirited Away
Japanese: 千と千尋の神隠し

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 20, 2001
Producers: None found, add some
Source: Original
Duration: 2 hr. 5 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

Statistics

Score: 8.931 (scored by 269,764 users)
Ranked: #152
Popularity: #37
Members: 361,524
Favorites: 8,750
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Synopsis

On the way to their new home, 10-year-old Chihiro Ogino's family stumbles upon a deserted theme park. Intrigued, the family investigates the park, though unbeknownst to them, it is secretly inhabited by spirits who sleep by day and appear at night. When Chihiro's mother and father eat food from a restaurant in the street, angry spirits turn them into pigs. Furthermore, a wide sea has appeared between the spirit world and the human one, trapping Chihiro, the sole human, in a land of spirits. Luckily for her though, a mysterious boy named Haku appears, claiming to know her from the past. Under his instructions, Chihiro secures a job in the bathhouse where Haku works. With only her courage and some new found friends to aid her, Chihiro embarks on a journey to turn her parents back to their original forms and return home.

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Background

Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi is the most successful film in Japanese history, as well as the highest-grossing one and ranks frequently as one of the greatest animation films. The film won the Academy Award ("Oscar") for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, on March 23, 2003, the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival (tied with Bloody Sunday) and is among the top ten in the British Film Institute list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

The film was released on DVD and VHS formats by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on April 15, 2003. The attention brought by the Oscar win resulted in the film becoming a strong seller.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Haku
Haku
Main
Irino, Miyu
Japanese
Irino, Miyu
Ogino, Chihiro
Ogino, Chihiro
Main
Hiiragi, Rumi
Japanese
Hiiragi, Rumi
Kaonashi
Kaonashi
Supporting
Gashuin, Tatsuya
Japanese
Gashuin, Tatsuya
Makkuro-Kurosuke
Makkuro-Kurosuke
Supporting
 

Staff

Suzuki, Toshio
Suzuki, Toshio
Producer
Ishii, Tomohiko
Ishii, Tomohiko
Assistant Producer
Miyazaki, Hayao
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Storyboard
Kimura, Youmi
Kimura, Youmi
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Performance

Opening Theme

"Day of the River/Ano hi no kawa" by Joe Hisaishi

Ending Theme

"Itsumo Nando demo (Always with Me)" by Yumi Kimura



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Aeterna
Dec 11, 2008
When I first saw the movie, I didn't see what the big deal was. All right, so a girl gets whisked away to a fantasy world? We've heard that story before. And, unlike many other movies, there's no dramatic love story or epic battles and action scenes to keep you at the edge of your seat. Consequently, I didn't think of it as being very exciting.

Still, I watched it again and, for some reason, I got it the second time around. Spirited Away isn't meant to be anything grand, with all the bells and whistles. It has a quiet, subdued way of telling a simple read more
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jal90
Jan 11, 2011
This is my first review in MyAnimeList, so I apologize in advance if you find the ideas I'll put forward here badly-written, explained or structured.

I am going to talk about Spirited Away (yeah, obvious). It's been quite a long time since I watched it for the last time, more than a year in fact; but I became a really fascinating and influential piece for me at that time, far enough to define my current love for Miyazaki's works, the Studio Ghibli and animation in general as an art and a strong way of expression. Today it's still one of my favorite animated features of any read more
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Gonzo-lewd
Nov 15, 2013
The very facet of childhood can be boiled down to the very definition of mysterious wonder and awe-inspiring imagination. We’ve all had those moments where we would go off into our own little world of childlike imagination and try experience an entirely new reality different from our own. Films have tried to recapture the atmosphere that resembles this nostalgic feeling of experiencing the journey of childhood that either succeeded or failed. It just takes a man like Miyazaki to do just that flawlessly.

Miyazaki isn’t a stranger to making movies about childhood and things similar of its nature; Totoro would be an obvious example to this read more
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jazoraa
Nov 19, 2015
This is like watching a dream. Sometimes when you have those moments where you picture something then you say to yourself that was not reality, the image that came to my mind must be from a different world that I saw somewhere, but not that I can recall when or where. This is like opening a door deep down in your mind and behind that door lies all your lucid dreams and imagination. watch it for sure, you can never go wrong with this.

I enjoyed this very much. You will experience all kind of different feelings watching this; fear, love, warmth..etc
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