Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)

Ten-year-old Chihiro (Daveigh Chase) is on her way to a new home with her parents when Dad (Michael Chiklis) takes a wrong turn and winds up at the mouth of a big, mysterious tunnel. Strangely drawn to explore, the parents drag Chihiro reluctantly along, and come out the other side, at an empty-looking town in a vast meadow. Chihiro's more creeped out than awed, but her parents suddenly become hungry and follow their noses to an abandoned buffet table loaded with fantastic eats. But as the sun rapidly begins to set without warning, and ghostly shapes start appearing in the streets, Chihiro finds her parents transforming into pigs, and her own body fading to transparency. Hayao Miyazaki's animated masterpiece is being brought to U.S. screens in dubbed and subtitled versions, and both are fantastic -- you won't see flights of fancy like this except in the very best children's literature. Casual moviegoers who felt let down by the more traditional Princess Mononoke should give Miyazaki another shot -- this one blows Mononoke away.

Credits

Director:

  • Hayao Miyazaki

Cast:

  • Rumi Hiiragi
  • Miyu Irino
  • Mari Natsuki
  • Takeshi Naito
  • Yasuko Sawaguchi

Writer:

  • Hayao Miyazaki

Producer:

  • Toshio Suzuki

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