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Spirited Away

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: High Fliers Video Distribution
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004U9M0VE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,232 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirited Away DVD by Hayao Miyazaki 10 Aug 2004
Wow!!!!! What an adventure! What a story! What a fantasy! I wish I could watch this animation when I was young like Chihiro! But even now being 28 years old, I am impressed.... So, what's special in this movie? Why everybody likes it?
1) Well, first of all, there is a very unusual story. It's just not what you expect from fairytales or what you are accustomed to expect from fairytales. The story is intriguing and is absolutely unpredictable. Each next scene will make your eyes and mouth wide. That's why you'll be glued to the screen the whole 2-hour time while the movie goes. So, I am not going to tell you what's the story is about, as I want you to be excited in the same way I was when I watched it for the first time...
2) Humour. There are plenty of moments there, which will make you laugh. The humour is very intelligent and that's why it's very pleasant and enjoyable. In the course of the movie you'll see various characters. Most of them will make you smile without saying a word!
3) Main characters. I don't know whether you've seen already "Tokyo Godfathers". If yes, then you know how quality drawn characters can be. The 10-years old Chihiro is so real here. Well, actually, my favourite character there is not Chihiro, but wonderful granny Yubaba!!! Oh, she is so cool and witty! Quite a special character I must say, but so lovely! She is so smart and funny that I wish she could be my grand mother!!!
4) Music. You know, with such an original score, you don't really need to watch anything. Just listen to this masterpiece of the famous Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi!!!! Splendid! You will not hear a single electronic sound, but what you'll hear are beautiful orchestral, piano and violin themes. This movie got rich and quality soundtrack.
Conclusion: this movie is a masterpiece. I am very happy I watched it and I am glad I got this DVD.
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100 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's absolutely worth to see. 17 Sep 2004
I am Japanese, so I should describe a review in terms of Japanese point of view. Miyazaki is pretty popular in Japan, not only do children see his movies, but also adults. In this movie, he is showing the Japanese ancient, but almost forgotton sense of value.
In a movie there are many gods visiting a bath house in order to rest. Japanese ancient religion contains so-called 8 million gods, which means everything has spirit. The meaning of this is we would respect everything. If you believe that a god lives in your coffee cup, you feel it valuable and would try to use it as long as possible. Moreover if you respect each river, mountain, and other nature stuff, it leads to environmental protection, which is Miyazaki's big concern.
If you like it, I recommend to see other movies produced by Miyazaki. My favorite is Nausica, and Laputa is also fantastic.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film 28 Feb 2006
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Make no mistake, Spirited Away is a great film – in any genre. Hayao Miyazaki is held in the highest esteem by film-makers. This is his masterpiece.
Do not imagine that because it is animated it is a “cartoon”. Do not imagine that because it is animated that it is simplistic escapism. Do not imagine that because its protagonist, Chihiro, is a 10 year old child that it is a film for children.
From its opening sequence – a car journey through an accurate suburban Japan – Spirited Away is engrossing and involving. Visually, it is stunning. Although there is some computer-generated footage, for the most part it is hand–drawn animation at its best. It is two hours in length, but this time rushes by.
Most of the action takes place in an R&R bathhouse for gods which is run by a ruthless businesswoman. It has a wealth of characters, many bizarre, many drawn from Shinto and Japanese tradition, who are not allowed to fall into stereotypic roles. Characters are not two-dimensionally good or bad, the plot allows them to change and develop. Sometimes, the action is furious, at others it is calm and reflective. The train journey which Chihiro makes is hauntingly beautiful.
The musical accompaniment, by Joe Hisaishi, is not used just to underline the action but to complement and enrich the emotional experience.
As with much of Miyazaki’s work, our treatment of our environment is an important theme, but this film is really about personal growth, self-belief, courage and love. It is not a film for children, it is for everyone.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This film, directed by Hayao Miyazaki (whose previous credits include 'Kiki's Delivery Service' and 'Princess Mononoke'), centres around Chihiro, a ten-year-old girl. She and her parents are moving house when they stumble across a strange structure. When they enter the tunnel they find a strange new world at the other end. Within this world they find an abandoned village, and in one of the restaurants a whole load of food, which the parents eat and Chihiro doesn't; before too long the parents have mutated into pigs. Chihiro finds herself in danger, for in this world humans are not only unwelcome, but also the inhabitants could literally smell them a mile off. Fortunately, a young lad named Haku provides some help, but will it be enough to help Chihiro escape with her parents in their original human form?
In these days of 3D animation such as 'Shrek', 'Toy Story' and 'Finding Nemo', it is refreshing to see a 2D animation get acclaim (although admittedly some bits are 3D), and it really is superb. The cel artwork is crisp and clear, and the backgrounds are simply gorgeous, especially the illuminated buildings at night. The characters are also intriguing, and the story both engaging and endearing. It's also something that children should enjoy, but adults should also get just as much enjoyment out of it, such is the polish of the finished film. There is some humour, although there's not loads of it, but then it's not really that kind of film, and it's none the worse for it.
But what of the language barrier, you may ask? Fortunately, as with many foreign-language DVD releases, you can either watch an English dubbed version or a version kept in the original language (Japanese, in this case) with English subtitles.
If you like animated films, check it out.
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