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Spirited Away 2001

9.0

This is director Hayao Miyazaki and producers Studio Ghibli at their best. On the surface level, it’s a film about a young girl who stumbles into an abandoned theme park with her parents. She accidentally finds herself in a creepy spiritual world wherein she must find a way to save her parents and escape. More broadly, however, this is a film about the struggle for Japanese cultural identity in the wake of the economic crisis of the early 90’s. A deep and deeply hypnotizing movie about a little girl’s journey.

Written By: Bryan Tarpley

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Magic is real and it lives in Japan under the tip of Hayao Miyazaki’s pencil. This is, hands down, the best aimated movie of this century.

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  • Mood

    Lovely, Sunday, Sweet
  • Starring

    Daveigh Chase, Miyu Irino, Suzanne Pleshette
  • Directed by

    Hayao Miyazaki
  • Written by

    Hayao Miyazaki