By on April 24th, 2015

Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away (2001) Dir. Hayao Miyazaki – Black Box Belfast 25th April

Who’s in it? Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Susan Egan

What’s it about? While moving to a new home with her parents, ten year old Chihiro stumbles accross the supernatural realm and is forced to work at a bathhouse for the spirits to free her parents after they’re turned into pigs by a pitiless witch named Yubaba. Chihiro finds out what she’s made of the hard way as she works her way up from the boiler room in the basement to Yubaba’s house at the very top where she must persuade the witch to give her a job so she can prove her worth and earn her parent’s freedom. Winning the trust and respect of her new friends along the way, Chihiro discovers what it means to put others first as she learns to take responsibility for her own destiny. An inspired and inspiring work of animation, Spirited Away took the daring and unparalleled imagination of visionary Anime director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro) and made the Studio Ghibli brand accessible to a new audience with this coming of age tale like no other.

Memorable Moments? When Chihiro first meets Yubaba she stubbornly persists in asking for a job despite the prospect of being turned into a pig like her parents, the young girl’s boldness surprises the witch who steals her name and puts her to work.

Look who’s talking: ‘Spirited Away is a dazzling, enchanting, and gorgeously drawn fairy tale that will leave viewers a little more curious and fascinated by the world around them.’ – Rotten Tomatoes

Like that? Try this: With an infectious sense of wonder, My Neighbour Totoro (1988) indulges in simple childhood adventure as two young girls discover the spirit world in the forest near their home as their sick mother recuperates in hospital.

Trivia Pursuit The film was the first Anime to be nominated for/win an Oscar.

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