Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, “Sen and Chihiro’s Spiriting Away) is a 2001 Japanese anime fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli, tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a sullen ten-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the spirit world. After her parents are transformed into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.
The film was released on 20 July 2001, and became the most successful film in Japanese history, grossing about $289 million worldwide and receiving widespread critical acclaim. The film overtook Titanic (at the time the top-grossing film worldwide) in the Japanese box office to become the highest-grossing film in Japanese history with a ¥30.4 billion total. Spirited Away is frequently ranked among the greatest animated films. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, making it the only hand drawn animated film and Japanese animated film to win best animated film; the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival, tied with Bloody Sunday; and is on the British Film Institute’s list of “Top fifty films for children up to the age of 14”. In 2016, it was voted the #4 best film of the 21st century as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.
[Apr 04, 2001] Spirited Away Image Album
[Jul 18, 2001] Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi Soundtrack
[Jul 18, 2001] ED: Youmi Kimura – Itsumo Nando Demo
[Apr 09, 2003] Spirited Away MEMORIAL BOX*
*Disc 1: Theme song, Disc 2: Image Album, Disc 3: OST
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