Sunday, July 4, 2010

Spirited Away

Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (original title)

Starring the voices of Daveigh Chase, Rumi Hiiragi, Jason Marsden, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Release Date September 20, 2001

Another gem from Miyazaki. This is the story of Chihiro, a little girl who journeys into the spirit world and must make great personal leaps and bounds to return her and her parents back to the mortal world. Chihiro must work for Ubaba, a powerful sorceress whose bathhouse is made to appease the spirit world who also cursed chihiro's parents into transforming into pigs if she ever wants to return home. This may be Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece, the one film where if people ask "what's his life's work summed up in one film?", this is it. The animation is absolutely surperb, with astounding details in the background animation and layering the story with so many interesting background characters (such as the Radish spirit or the many unnamed bathhouse workers). A beautiful film about a young girl's journey toward growing into adulthood and a deeply passionate animated film that Miyazaki fans (or Pixar's John Lasseter as the US translator) will absolutely cherish.

Rating: * * * * * of 5

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