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Spirited Away ( Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi ) (2002) Movie Reviews

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02/12/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Spirited Away" by Yojimbo

A young girl is transported to a magical kingdom populated with dragons, spirits and monsters where she must break the spell of its witch-like ruler to rescue her parents and return home. Studio Ghibli's answer to The Wizard Of Oz, Spirited Away is another beautifully crafted fantasy that will enchant children and adults alike. It contains Miyazaki's usual menagerie of strange and wonderful creatures who help and hinder a lost girl in a kind of Japanese homage to Alice In Wonderland. Bizarre and endearing in a way that's peculiar to the Japanese, this film is so beautifully drawn, animated and scored it's difficult to not be drawn into this magical world despite some rather obtuse plotting that may confound younger viewers. Strange and beautiful.

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01/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Spirited Away review

The film is similar to Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella and Pinocchio, anime style with brilliant symbolisms. A girl named Chihiro Ogino works in Yubaba's bathhouse to make things right. Haku brings Chihiro to the bathhouse where he tells her to see Kamaji, a six-armed man who works the boiler room. The multi-awarded and the highest grossing Japanese film had themes of maturity, confidence in taking up new challenges, purity, rude people, gluttony, avarice, love and friendship. The voice acting, score and visuals were amazing. Only qualms this reviewer had was the pace compared to Princess Mononoke and how easily the challenges were overcome. Nevertheless, Spirited Away is a great film to view especially those who are transferring to a new location and have trepidations about how you...

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05/31/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Overrated but undeniably masterful.

With SPIRITED AWAY, Hayao Miyazaki made a major breakthrough not in just Japan, but in many other countries around the world. In fact, it acquired the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002. Consequently, Disney has since released Miyazaki's output on DVD. However, while SPIRITED AWAY is an absolutely amazing animated feature worthy of five-star status, I wouldn't say it's Miyazaki's greatest feature ever. This surrealistic yet engaging story of a young girl struggling to free her parents from the curse of a greedy enchantress sometimes gets more hype than it deserves; it almost feels as if Ghibli's other works are compared unfavorably to this film. My personal gripe aside, SPIRITED AWAY is worth watching for its mesmerizing visuals and subtle, yet strong messages about simplicit...

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03/17/2008 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Childhood revisited...

There is a time in every child's life where the most outrageous fantasy can come true. Not physically, but somewhere in the recesses of the mind, where hope lives and thrives. A world exists that cannot be bothered with adults and happiness is an every-moment occassion. As adults, we try to achieve that state, although we deny it. After watching Spirited Away, I feel like I have come close to achieving a return to childhood fantasy worlds. And it feels great.

This epic, yet intimate story, begins with a young girl named Chihiro sitting in the backseat of her parent's car, complaining to anyone that will listen that she does not want to move to this new town because of her father's new job. They stop at an abandoned amusement park out of curiosity, but end up looking for food. Finding ...

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