Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away (2001) Poster
The tunnel led Chihiro to a mysterious town...

Japanese title: 千と千尋の神隠し
(Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)

Comments on Movie: Spirited Away (2001)
"A movie full of bewitching images and timeless fun and beauty." - Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune.

"Spirited Away, which was even more popular in Japan than Titanic, is the most deeply and mysteriously satisfying animated feature to come along in ages." - Peter Rainer, New York Magazine.

"A genuinely magical experience that both adults and children will enjoy. See it; you'll be glad you did." - Matthew Turner, ViewLondon.

"The animators create a complete world in both the characters and the meticulous backgrounds. It's rare to see a fantasy world so compellingly real or detailed." - Scott Hamilton and Chris Holland, Stomp Tokyo.

"Nothing short of breathtaking. One of those films no matter how many times you have watched it, in your childhood or present time, that is always enchanting as it would never fail to captivate you." - Rosalyn Lim.

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Spirited Away (2001) Trailer

Spirited Away (2001) at a glance
Spirited Away (2001) is a masterpiece by Hayao Miyazaki which has won the Golden Bear in 2002 and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2003. Constantly ranked top ten among the best animation films of all time, this animated feature is also the highest-grossing film in Japan; the most successful film in Japanese history.

Spirited Away (2001) Synopsis
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 herself and return her family to the outside world.

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Movie Review: Spirited Away (2001)

Chihiro and her parents.

Spirited Away (2001) is one of those films no matter how many times you have watched it, in your childhood or present time, that is always enchanting as it would never fail to captivate you. A realization of brilliant fantasy and imagination, this animated feature is a realistic depiction of strange tales with plenty remarkable animated scenes that are everlasting.

I always remember granny Zeniiba. And the eerie Kaonashi.

There is nothing much one can complain about this film because it is just perfect in various aspects; from the character creations, art direction, running time and to the storyline. Besides the magnificent film making and cinematography, this film is everlasting as it is also filled with plenty of expressive themes and elements that everyone could relate to as well as being entertained.

Susuwatari love sugar candies!

Even more, this film is filled with a lot of strange and adorable magical creatures or spirits such as Susuwatari, Kaonashi, Shikigami, Ootori-sama, Kashira, witches, yuna, giant baby, river spirit, radish spirit and many others which are quite funny to watch. Each of these spirits have their own purpose of existence and you may be able to learn a little about them from this film!

Kohaku River Spirit.

If you are not familiar with strange tales, you may find this film overwhelming but in the end, Spirited Away (2001) is nothing short of breathtaking and you may eventually come to love it.

PS. This is one of my favorite Japanese animated films from childhood. ♥

Movie Ratings
WWill write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
People who likes spirits/ghost/strange stories will love this!

Details of the movie
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijō, Takehiko Ono, Bunta Sugawara
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Disney
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Family Fantasy
Running time: 125 mins
Budget: USD 19,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 274,925,095 est.

Official website(s)

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Spirited Away (2001) Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character
Ending scene; farewell Chihiro!

There are a lot of pretty *I love beauty* and interesting spirits in this film but after rewatching Spirited Away again recently to write a review, my favorite character is Yubāba's son; Bou it is!

Bou is an amusing baby, he is unusually large, likes hiding below his pillows and fears germs that would make him sick. He also usually threatens others by crying and said that his mother would kill them if he cries but he never really does that which just means he is only seeking companion to play with.

Although Bou can be spoiled as his mother loves and treasures him greatly, he is actually the character who has grown up most in this film. This is of course my own opinion. 

Well, Bou has never left his room until he met Chihiro and then embarked on a journey which is foreign to him. He made friends along the way and it is quite adorable to watch him overcome the fear of germs, experience life outside his room and become more mature and independent along the way. 

Spirited Away (2001) Movie Quotes
If I remembered correctly, I used to watch the Cantonese or the original Japanese version a lot when I were much younger but for the movie quotes, they are from the English dub. Typed on my iphone. ><
  1. I'll miss you, Chihiro. Your best friend, Rumi.
  2. We will just have to learn to like it.
  3. It's gonna stink. I like my old school.
  4. It's fun to move to a new place. It's an adventure.
  5. Honey, don't take a shortcut. You always get us lost.
  6. Trust me, it's gonna work.
  7. They are shrines. Some people think little spirits live there.
  8. Slow down, you're going to kill us!
  9. The wind is pulling us in.
  10. I am not going!
  11. But mom! Wait for me!
  12. Abandoned 
  13. Hey, smell that? Something smells delicious. Maybe this theme park is still in business. Let's go.
  14. Where is everybody?
  15. Is anybody work here?
  16. Don't worry honey, we can pay the bill when they get back.
  17. Oh, it's delicious. Chihiro, you have to taste this.
  18. I don't want any, we are going to get in trouble. Let's just get out of here.
  19. Don't worry, you got daddy here. He got credit cards and cash.
  20. Come on you guys, you can't!
  21. You shouldn't be here, get out of here now!
  22. It's almost night, leave before it's dark.
  23. Mom, dad, quit eating. Let's get out of here.
  24. Mummy!!
  25. This is a dream, just a dream. Go away. Disappear.
  26. In the name of the wind and water within me, unbind her.
  27. Welcome. Welcome back.
  28. Tell him you want to work here, even if he refuse you must insist. If you don't get a job, Yubāba will turn you into an animal.
  29. It's hardwork but you can stay here.
  30. Four bath tokens at once. Come on, get to work.
  31. I just cast a spell on them and I got all the workers I need.
  32. You can't just take someone else's job. If they don't work, they turn back into soot.
  33. She is my granddaughter and she wants to work here but I got all the help I need, would you take her to see Yubāba, she's a tough little girl. I think she can handle it. 
  34. What if I give you this roasted lizard?
  35. Come on, little girl. You better follow me.
  36. You wanna lose your nose?
  37. What's that smell? It's human. You smell like human. 
  38. Roasted newt!
  39. I am saving every last nite for myself.
  40. Aren't you even going to knock? You're the most pathetic girl I've ever seen.
  41. Well, I said come in.
  42. I don't want to hear such stupid request. You're just a stinking useless weakling. And this is certainly no place for human. 
  43. It is a bathhouse for the spirits where they come to replenish themselves.
  44. Humans always make a mess of things. Like your parents, who gobbled up the food of the spirits like pigs. They got what they deserved and you should be punished too.
  45. You can become a piglet or you prefer a lump of coal?
  46. Actually I am impressed you made it this far. But I'm sure you didn't do it on your own. Let's thank whoever helped you. Just who was it dear, why don't you tell me?
  47. Please, can you give me a job?
  48. Why in the world you think I should give you a job? Anyone can see you are lazy, spoiled, crybaby and you have no manners. This is a high class place I am running here so this is no job for you. Now get out, I got all the lazy bumps I need.
  49. You woke up the baby.
  50. Quiet down, you are scaring the baby. Oh hi, sweetie. Don't be angry. That's a good boy.
  51. I am not leaving until you give me a job.
  52. Sign your name away and I'll put you to work. If I hear one little complain out of you, you will be joining your parents in the pig pen.
  53. Ridiculous. I hate being so nice all the time.
  54. What a pretty name and it belongs to me now. 
  55. From now on your name is Sen. Answer me, Sen!
  56. Don't talk to me and address me as Master Haku.
  57. I promise to work very hard.
  58. We are not going to take her in our department.
  59. Three days of feeding our food and her smell will go away, okay?
  60. If you need anything, ask me.
  61. I don't feel so good.
  62. Two Hakus? I can barely stand one.
  63. He is Yubāba's henchmen, don't trust anything he said.
  64. My shoes are gone.
  65. You must never come here yourself or you will turn into a pig yourself.
  66. They ate too much. They are sleeping it off, they don't remember being human. So look hard, it's up to you to remember which one they are.
  67. Don't you worry, I promise I'll get you out of here soon just don't get any fatter or they will eat you!
  68. That's how Yubāba control you, by stealing your name.
  69. If you completely forget it, you will never find your way home. I've tried everything to remember mine.
  70. Hey Sen, you have never worked a day in your life?
  71. I'll leave the door open for you.
  72. Who give her all the bath tokens?
  73. Sen, you did great. We made so much money!
  74. What do you expect after the heavy rain?
  75. Wait, you can make gold?
  76. Hurry up, he is hungry.
  77. Why there's a smile at your face?
  78. Hi sweetie, hiding under the cushion again. Aww, I woke you when you are sound asleep. I am sorry. Let me give you a kiss. Go back to sleep now.
  79. You came in and make me sick. You're a bad germ from outside, aren't you?
  80. I am not a germ, I am a human. 
  81. You'll go sick if you go outside. So stay here and play with me.
  82. That's why I have never left this room.
  83. Staying in this room is what will make you sick.
  84. Listen, someone very important to me is terribly hurt. I got to go right now. So please let go of me.
  85. If you go, I'll cry. And Mama will hear me and Mama will come in here and kill you. Play with me or I'll break your arm. 
  86. Germ, I've got germ. You see?
  87. I am not afraid of germs. If you don't play with me, I'll cry.
  88. Right now or I'll start crying.
  89. You peabrain, can't you tell me even from your own mother?
  90. It's nice of you to lead me straight to this dragon's hiding place.
  91. Haku help me before. Now I wanna help him. 
  92. I have been saving them for forty years.
  93. Try this, it's delicious.
  94. What would you like? Just name it.
  95. Enough, I don't care if he is rich.
  96. No face, if you put one scratch on that girl, you are in big trouble.
  97. Sit here, behave yourself okay.
  98. Pure love, it broke an evil spell.
  99. My baby. Where's my baby. Where are you sweetie. Come out. Please come out. Where are you? Sweetie. Sweetie pie.
  100. What did you do with my baby?
  101. He is with your sister.
  102. Very clever Haku. You'll get him back for me with a price. So what do you want.
  103. You can ride on my shoulder if you are tired.
  104. Sit down. I will make some tea.
  105. The spell on those two wore off long ago. Change back if you want.
  106. I don't get along with my sister, she is so obnoxious. You saw how tacky her home is.
  107. We are the identical twins yet the exact opposites.
  108. There is nothing I can do. It's just the way things are.
  109. Once you met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
  110. Granny, I can't remember anything at all.
  111. It will protect you. It's made by your friends that wove together.
  112. That's love for you.
  113. Okay you two, it's time to go home. Come back soon.
  114. I was the spirit of the Kohaku river.
  115. My baby! Are you traumatised? Did they do terrible things to you?
  116. You are standing all by yourself, when did that happen?
  117. Don't forget your promise, you must return Chihiro and her parents to the human world.
  118. Stop it mama, leave her alone. Sen and I had a really good time. 
  119. But a deal is a deal, sweetie. I have to give Sen one final test.
  120. If you make Sen cry, I won't like you anymore.
  121. There must be mistake, none of these pigs are my mom or dad.
  122. Now go and don't look back.
  123. Don't be afraid honey, everything is going to be okay.
  124. A new home and a new school? It is a bit scary.
  125. I think I can handle it.


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