Spirited Away (2001) - Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Spirited Away ("Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi" in Japan) is a fantastic film directed by the legendary animation genius Hayao Miyazaki, who is credited as being the Walt Disney of Japan.  One in six people in Japan have seen it.

It is essentially the Japanese version of Alice in Wonderland, only it is far more grown up and has many significant themes.


A little girl called Chihiro is in the middle of moving house to the suburbs when she wanders into a mysterious and stunningly beautiful world which is a hotel resort for gods and spirits and is run by witches and bizarre monsters.


It is a story about growing up, love between a boy and girl and of course friendship.  Every minute includes dazzling animation of the caliber that it is impossible not to be rendered breathless with haunting music and fairly good English voice acting.


It is a wonderful watch for anyone and I loved the idea that gender doesn't even cross your mind.  There are heroes and villains but they are very fairly assigned to males and females.  For a start the mother and father are shown to be equally irresponsible.  I would certainly give it a happy male face or two.

Just stick in the DVD and enter this world for two hours and you will feel very good.
                      - Reviewed by Mr. Doesn'tGiveaDamn

Rated: PG in USA, 12 in UK, PG in Canada.
Duration: 2 hours & 5 minutes
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