Part of our Hayao Miyazaki: A Studio Ghibli Retrospective series, taking place all through January.
Winner of the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature!
â€śIn scene after scene, Spirited Away unleashes so much wonder and visual imagination that you end up watching the movie in a state of rapturous, awestruck bliss.â€ť â€“ Miami Herald
Subtitled Version only will be screened.
Miyazakiâ€™s stunning, Academy Award-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all-time in Japan, as well as a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers. Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters â€” shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so â€” and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazakiâ€™s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling. (Dir. by Hayao Miyazaki, 2002, Japan, 125 mins, Rated PG) 35mm