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Spirited Away – 2001


On the way to their new house, a family take an unintentional detour and as a result, find themselves investigating a mysterious tunnel that leads into a seemingly uninhabited world. Young girl Chihiro (voiced by Daveigh Chase) soon learns that what she and her parents have wondered in to is something completely different to the everyday world they’re used to and soon finds herself in a world populated by various spirits and ghosts.

From the world-famous Studio Ghibli and director Hayo Miyazaki, “Spirited Away” is a surreal, magical and mystical adventure that focuses on self discovery, numerous facets of existence and above all, love. The opening to the film almost seemed reminiscent of something like “Alice in Wonderland”, yet as the tale progresses, it tends to posses a more nightmarish feel.

1083_019812B.jpgWith incredibly detailed imagery that is simply beautiful, and an incredibly imagined world brought to life so flawlessly, “Spirited Away” is magnificent. A children’s tale that is still equally (if not more) appealing to older demographics, Miyazaki’s adventure tale shows a realm of emotions through both the stunning animations and the diverse range of characters.

Immensely detailed, magically crafted, amazingly unique and very entertaining, “Spirited Away” is journey like no other. With an deep underground of symbolism, getting to the heart of the stories messages may require another viewing, but ultimately, its a beautiful surrealistic tale that allows its audience to escape reality for a couple of magical hours.


Recommended By Hugh Sinclair, Eddy Dart& Jade Lloyd Mumford


2 comments on “Spirited Away – 2001

  1. Noémie
    May 2, 2014

    Not a fan of that kind of movies (but I felt I had to watch when it came out…I was like 12 I think), so even if I understand why people like it, it just doesn’t work on me. Though I loved “grave of the fireflies”, I would recommend 🙂

    • wmsteele
      May 2, 2014

      I haven’t seen many anime films myself so it’s all very new.
      Yeah it’s very easy to see it not being everyone’s cup of tea, I totally get that!
      Mmmm ok I’ll give that one a look too 🙂

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