Spirited Away is a Japanese animated film produced by Studio Ghibli it became super popular. It was then dubbed over to English by Disney two years later. It’s creator, writer, and director is Hayao Miyazaki; who is very well known for these beautifully crafted and animated films.
This year 2016, marked the 15th Anniversary of the films first release in Japan. With the team of Studio Ghibli, GKids, Hot Topic, and Fathom Events we were able to see the film nationwide in the U.S. A two-day event where you could see the film in the English Dubb or the original Japanese language with English Subtitles. I decided to see both and the English Dubb was a sold out crowd, while the English Subtitles was a little less than half of that crowd.
The music and score is beautiful for this film, done by Joe Hisaishi. It’s full and rich and is prevalent throughout the movie. I did wish for subtler moments or scenes without music. The cinematography by Atsushi Okui is some of the best in the business. There is so much going on in this film even in the backgrounds of the main scenes. Your eyes are constantly moving to keep up with the scenes.
This film is about a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro and her family; who wander into an another realm. This is a realm of spirits, demons, and gods a magical place. Spirits come here to rest, eat, take a bath and have fun. The owner of the bath-house, Yubaba an old money hungry witch catches Chihiro’s parents eating the spirit’s food. The parents get turned into pigs and are marked to be eaten as food.
Haku a boy saves Chihiro and through wit gets her a job at the bath-house. She must grow-up quickly and preserve through tough times. At the same time, she plans to eventually save her parents and escape back to the real world. Check out this movie it’s beautiful with a great story. Whether in the English Dubb or the Japanese with English Subtitles it’s great.