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Spirited Away(千と千尋の神隠し)

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Japan · 2001
Rated PG · 2h 5m
Director Hayao Miyazaki
Starring Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Bunta Sugawara
Genre Animation, Family, Fantasy

Ten-year-old Chihiro does not want to move to the Japanese countryside. On their way to their new home, she and her parents become trapped in a strange world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.

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Lily Bradfield Profile picture for Lily Bradfield

One of the most beautiful and moving movies about coming of age and girlhood I've seen—not just for kids, this film is like a piece of art!

Summer Goldstein Profile picture for Summer Goldstein

If you made me choose, I would say that this is my favorite Studio Ghibli film. It has some of the most stunning animated visuals you’ll ever see, and its story about the often painful but essential journey of growing up and growing into yourself always stays with me.

What are critics saying?


Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

It will disturb you as much as thrill you, make you wonder whether the boundaries between life and death, reality and fantasy, imagination and insanity are ever what they appear to be.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

A very nutty fruitcake, Spirited Away is characterized by wonderfully detailed animation, packed with incident and populated by all manner of comic creatures.


New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

Turns everything we know about the contemporary world on its head, and substitutes it with one in which spirits, monsters, magicians and animals mix it up in a carnival of energy, good humor and freewheeling illusion.


New York Post by Lou Lumenick

A Japanese cross between "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wizard of Oz" -- is such a landmark in animation that labeling it a masterpiece almost seems inadequate.


New Times (L.A.) by Luke Y. Thompson

Probably like nothing you've ever seen before. In a cool world, it would be guaranteed not only the Best Animated Feature Oscar, but Best Picture as well.

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