SPIRITED AWAY


Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 


Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Japan, 2001, 125 min

Shown in 2002

CREDITS

dir
Hayao Miyazaki
prod
Toshio Suzuki
scr
Hayao Miyazaki
editor
Takeshi Seyama
mus
Jo Hisaishi
cast
Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tatsuya Gashuin

OTHER

source
Buena Vista Pictures International, 500 S. Buena Vista, Burbank, CA 91521. TEL: 818-560-6084
premiere
North American Premiere

COMMENTS

Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki in person, introduced by John Lasseter.
Spirited Away

Cowinner of the Golden Bear at the recent Berlin Film Festival and the highest grossing film of all time in Japan, this is the latest fantastical creation by animation master Hayao Miyazaki. A fabulous ghost-infested adventure full of action, suspense, bizarre creatures and compelling human characters, Spirited Away is the pinnacle of animated fantasy. Stumbling upon an abandoned theme park, young Chihiro soon finds her parents turned into pigs and herself on the verge of invisibility. As night falls, a whole new world emerges: a giant bathhouse ruled by the sorceress Yubaba, which caters to millions of ghosts, gods and goblins. This is no place for humans, but working there is Chihiroís only hope of saving her parents and herself. Forced to change her name to Sen, she desperately tries to maintain her identity (and, thus, her ability to stay human) while cleaning giant hot tubs, battling a cast of spirits reminiscent of a Star Wars cantina (including a giant Stink God who could be the ghost of Jabba the Hutóbut smellier) and adopting a few friends, including a busily buzzing gnat, a miniature pig and a hoppy crew of little soot balls with eyes. Joe Hisaishiís exquisite score further enhances the brilliance of a film that is a cinematic feast for kids and adults alike.

óJoanne Parsont