Spirited Away Movie (2001)
千と千尋の神隠し (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi)


For the 10-year-old Chihiro and her family, a mysterious tunnel and haunted town located in everyday Japan lead to the Land of Spirits, inhabited by gods and monsters and ruled by the greedy witch Yubaaba. Chihiro’s parents are transformed into pigs; to rescue them, she must surrender her name and serve in this world. Luckily she finds friends and allies, including the handsome but mysterious boy Haku. Initially sulky and listless, Chihiro (or Sen, as she is now called) finds inner strength and establishes an identity in this strange world. But can she win back her name and return home?
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Spirited Away was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli.

Miyazaki wrote the script after he decided the film would be based on the 10-year-old daughter of his friend, associate producer Seiji Okuda, who came to visit his house each summer. At the time, Miyazaki was developing two personal projects, but they were rejected. With a budget of 19 million US dollars, production of Spirited Away began in 2000.

The film was originally released in Japan on 20 July 2001 by distributor Toho. Spirited Away received universal acclaim and is frequently ranked among the greatest animated films ever made.

Alternative titles

– Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
– Spirited Away
– 千と千尋の神隠し
– A Viagem de Chihiro
– Avanture male Chihiro
– Chihiro Og Heksene
– Chihiros Reise ins Zauberland
– El Viaje de Chihiro
– Henkien kätkemä
– La Città Incantata
– Le voyage de Chihiro
– Ruhların Kaçışı
– Spirited Away: W krainie bogów
– Stebuklingi Šihiros nuotykiai Dvasių pasaulyje
– Vaimudest viidud
– Унесённые призраками
– המסע המופלא
– 千与千寻
– 千與千尋
– Cesta do fantazie
– Cesta do fantázie
– Chihiro Szellemországban
– De reis van Chihiro
– Gariem līdzi
– Začarani grad
– Čudežno potovanje
– Ταξίδι στη Χώρα των Θαυμάτων
– Отнесени от Духове
– شيهيرو
– 센과 치히로의 행방불명
– Sen and Chihiro`s Spiriting Away
– Vùng đất linh hồn
– W Krainie Bogów
– Сен та Чіхіро в полоні у духів

TL;DR Review

Spirited Away (Japanese: 千と千尋の神隠し Hepburn: Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, “Sen and Chihiro’s Spiriting Away”) is a 2001 Japanese animated coming-of-age fantasy film.

Our main protagonist is Chihiro and is your typical childish young girl going through a pouty phase. She was forced to move away from her friends and school and is a bit self-indulgent with only what concerns her. Unlike most of Studio Ghibli’s earlier works, we do see our main character evolved into a better person, rather than they have always been strong and independent.

We follow Chihiro progression from a cry baby to a more self-assertive person. However, she had a lot of guidance along the way. She was never once truly alone and someone is always there to give her a hand.

The art and animation are as stunning as always. We see the rustic gorgeous countryside and spanning natural scenes that make you feel nostalgic for the old day. The art may feel a bit goofy with some character design, like the witch gigantic size head, but that doesn’t detract from how beautiful everything is. The world feels fitting as if seeing through a child eyes and imagination. It gives you a great sense of wonder and mystery to the world.

The movie is also rich in Japanese lore and mythology. This is probably the first of Studio Ghibli isekai anime. The motif and theme borrow heavily from the Alice in Wonderland book. The fantasy world appears as if it could not be farther from reality, but has various resemblances to our own lives.

I highly recommend this movie to watch with your children or if you are just young at heart. Spirited Away contains some graphic violence and is intended for everyone.

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Opening Theme

– “Inochi no Namae ” by Kimura Yumi

Closing Theme

– “Itsumo Nandodemo” by Kimura Yumi

Insert/Image Theme

– “Ano Hi no Kawa e” by U-mi
– “Chihiro no Warutsu”
– “Kamigami-sama” by Ootaka Shizuru
– “Samishii Samishii” by Monsieur Kamayatsu
– “Shiroi Ryu” by Rikki
– “Solitude”
– “Yuya” by Kamijou Tsunehiko



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