Spirited Away (2001)

Director: Hayao Miyazaki Run Time: 125 min. Rating: PG Release Year: 2001

Starring: Mari Natsuki, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi, Takashi Naitō, Yasuko Sawaguchi

Country: Japan
Language: Japanese

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About the film:

A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.

Universally recognized as one of the best animated films ever made, Spirited Away earned numerous accolades, including top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, before becoming the only non-English language film to ever win the Academy Award for Best Animated Film.

About the filmmaker:

One of Japan’s most distinctive filmmakers, Hayao Miyazaki’s stories consider the conflict between human progress and nature with the existence of the spirit world alongside the mundane. Before founding Studio Ghibli, he worked for various animation studios and crafted his first feature films Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. With fellow animator and longtime collaborator, Takahata Isao, he launched Studio Ghibli in 1985 and began producing some of most iconic hand-drawn animated films of all time, including My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. In 2015, Miyazaki received an honorary Academy Award for his impact on animation and cinema.

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