Spirited Away

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Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi?, literally, Sen and The Spiriting Away of Chihiro) is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy-adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film theme is dislocation and it follows a sullen ten-year-old girl who is in the process of moving to a new neighborhood with her family, leaving her old friends and school behind, and chronicles of her adventures in a world of spirits and monsters. Miyazaki's technique as artist involves taking a child's primal wish, transporting kids to a fantasy world they cannot escape. There the viewer experiences phantasmagoric and shifting morality of dreams, fascinating and frightening aspect of having something that seems to represent good become evil.[1]

The film received many awards, including the second Oscar ever awarded for Best Animated Feature, the first anime film to win an Academy Award, and the first (and so far only) non-English speaking animation to win. The film also won the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival (tied with Bloody Sunday) and is among the top ten in the BFI list of the 50 films you should see by the age of 14.

Spirited Away overtook Titanic (at the time the top grossing film worldwide) in the Japanese box office to become the highest-grossing film in Japanese history.[2]


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