Spirited Away

Spirited Away

DVD - 2001
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The adventures of a 10-year old girl names Chihiro, who discovers a secret world when she and her family get lost and venture through a hillside tunnel. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, Chirohiro must fend for herself as she encounters strange spirits, assorted creatures and a grumpy sorceress who seeks to prevent her from returning to the human world.
Publisher: [Collingwood, Vic.] : [2001] Madman Entertainment,
Branch Call Number: DVD SPIR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (125 min.) : sound, color ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Miyazaki, Hayao 1941-
Suzuki, Toshio
Alternative Title: Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

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LoganLib_Ren Feb 08, 2018

Studio Ghibli movies are pretty much always beautiful and this one is no different!


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edbedard
Nov 11, 2018

A beautiful and magical movie. I would definitely watch it again. The English language dubbing (featuring Suzanne Pleshette as Yubaba and her sister, Zeniba) is flawless.

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redtayres
Jul 18, 2018

One of the best in class films of Studio Ghibli. Magical and well crafted, this film is for adults as much as children.

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Sam_Stewart
Apr 21, 2018

A captivating coming of age story about a young girl named Chihiro who has to navigate the spiritual world to save her family.

bubble_pai Mar 20, 2018

One of the first anime film that I watched. Even as a classic animated film, this is one that is still very vibrate and magical. Highly recommended, so don't miss out.

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mattstrelau
Dec 15, 2017

Spirited Away is an imaginative tale about Chihiro and her development as a 10-year-old girl. The film had amazing commentary and themes of greed, identity, and friendship. I found the character development of Chihiro the most inspiring theme; shifting from a timid and fear-ridden child to a confident and self-reliant teenager. This theme of adulthood is heavily present throughout the film, demonstrating that we must overcome fear and aversion in order to mature. The side characters are playful, diverse, and intricate. The animation is absolutely astounding and the voice acting (I watched with English dub) was spot on.

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OccDoc42
Dec 02, 2017

"Spirited Away" was a film that made me wish it had been around when I was a young child (I'm in my 60's, so it was a bit late for me!) or that I had small children - especially girls - to show it to when I discovered it. The story portrays the little girl protagonist evolving from a sulky child into a self-reliant human being who realizes how much she can accomplish, even against great odds. It's exactly the message to give young children to bolster their self-confidence, and it is presented in such a beautiful and entertaining vehicle! I own a copy that I loan to younger adults with small children - one guy showed it to his kids and ended up buying it for his family to have.

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1aa
Oct 23, 2017

This is a wild - even erratic - highly imaginative phantasy filled with symbolism that is unclear for large chunks of the film. Because the focus is constantly on the main character, rather than trying to develop the plot in other scenes, there is a strong narrative cohesion to it. Its fun to watch, the action never lags, and it has an important message (though I don't think that its the one in the promotional description).

profdavis Aug 12, 2017

Spirited Away is one of the greatest animated movies. A little girl named Chihiro must enter the world of spirits to save her parents. It is a bit frightening in places, but it is a story about overcoming fear and the frights serve a purpose as Chihiro learns to help others with her own courage.

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Maoisdead
Aug 12, 2017

Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki, who previously made the impressive Princess Mononoke, has created a wonderfully bizarre world filled with a gallery of creepy, and some not so-creepy, characters.

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empbee
Jun 13, 2017

Great animation, some good storyline. Not an easy watch.

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Sam_Stewart
Apr 21, 2018

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LlamaGirl1
May 01, 2017

LlamaGirl1 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

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Jun 02, 2015

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May 31, 2015

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ukellyle
Nov 18, 2014

ukellyle thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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Jun 25, 2014

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Jan 03, 2014

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Sam_Stewart
Apr 21, 2018

"Welcome the rich man, he's hard for you to miss. His butt keeps getting bigger, so there's plenty there to kiss! " - Aogaeru (the green frog)

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

Chihiro's Father: A new home and a new school? It is a bit scary.

Chihiro: I think I can handle it.

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

"Anyone can see you're a lazy, spoiled crybaby and you have no manners." --Yubaba to Chihiro

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

"Once you've met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return." --Zeniba

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jimg2000
Sep 12, 2015

Plenty of quotes from DVD version in IMDb. The BR version is more child friendly etc. e.g. start of the movie, original DVD version:

Reads Card: "I'll miss you, Chihiro. Your best friend, Rumi."
Parent: Chihiro. Chihiro, we're almost there. This really is in the middle of nowhere. I'm gonna have to go to the next town to shop. We'll just have to learn to like it. Look, Chihiro, there's your new school. Looks great, doesn't it? It doesn't look so bad.
Chihiro: It's gonna stink. I liked my old school. Mom! My flowers are dying.
Parent: I told you not to smother them like that. We'll put them in water when we get to our new home.
Chihiro: finally get a bouquet, and it's a good-bye present. That's depressing.
Parent: Daddy bought you a rose for your birthday. Don't you remember?
Chihiro: Yeah, one. Just one rose isn't a bouquet.

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jimg2000
Sep 12, 2015

Plenty of quotes from DVD version in IMDb. The BR version is more child friendly etc. e.g. start of the movie, BR version:

Card from Rumi: Good luck, Chihiro, Hope we meet again
Parent: Chihiro? Chihiro! We're almost there. This really is the middle of nowhere. I'll have to shop in the next town. We'll just have to make do. Look, there's the elementary school. That's your new school, Chihiro. Why, it looks very nice.
Chihiro: liked my old school. Mom, my flowers got bent.
Parent: No wonder, the way you squeeze them. A little water and they'll perk right up.
Chihiro: My first bouquet, and it's farewell flowers.
Parent: What about the rose you got for your birthday?
Chihiro: One rose? One rose isn't a bouquet.

" Now I remember your name. Your name is the Kohaku River." said Chihiro to Haku (while his flying as the dragon)

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ukellyle
Nov 18, 2014

"Don't you remember your name?" -Chihiro
"No, but for some reason I remember yours." -Haku

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Selina23
Jun 25, 2014

Chihiro:'you don;t remember your name?

Haku:'no,but for some reason i remember yours

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Marcell_Murray
Jul 08, 2012

"Don't cover your mouth-that's an insult to our guest!!"

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 10, 2016

Other: I second the Other

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ukellyle
Nov 18, 2014

Other: All the extreme awesomeness may be to much for you to handle

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Ten-year old Chihiro and her parents are moving when her father takes a wrong turn. Her father thinks they've found an old amusement park and insists on exploring. Chihiro, scared to be alone, accompanies her parents.
They cross a dry riverbed. Chihiro's parents find an unattended restaurant stall and gorge themselves while Chihiro wanders off. She finds an exquisite bathhouse. Suddenly a boy orders her to cross the river before nightfall. Spirits begin haunting the park, and when Chihiro returns to her parents, they have become pigs.
Chihiro runs to the river, but it has flooded and is impossible to cross. The boy, whose name is Haku, finds her and says he has known her since she was little. He tells her to ask for a job from the bathhouse's boiler-man, Kamaji. Kamaji and the worker Lin send Chihiro to the witch Yubaba, who runs the bathhouse. She gives Chihiro a job but steals her name. She is renamed Sen (千?), the first character of her name.
Haku shows Sen her parents' pigpen. Among her belongings, she finds a goodbye card addressed to Chihiro. She realizes that she's forgotten her name. Haku warns her that Yubaba controls people by taking their names. If she forgets hers like he has forgotten his, then she cannot leave the spirit world.

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