Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2001. 125 mins.
A fantasy adventure film unlike any other, SPIRITED AWAY tells the story of Chihiro, a capricious ten-year-old girl who believes the entire world should submit to her every whim.
While en route to a new home, Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a mysterious
tunnel, which leads them to a ghostly town. There, the parents greedily devour the buffet in an abandoned restaurant, and unceremoniously turn into pigs as Chihiro looks on. They have unwittingly strayed into the Land of the Spirits, a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings who holiday at a giant bathhouse run by the demonic sorceress, Yubaba.
Chihiro finds an ally in the enigmatic Haku, who explains that in order to survive this strange and perilous world, she must make herself useful by working hard at the bathhouse. Chihiro renounces her laziness, her reason, her memories, even her name…
This visionary work from Miyazaki (PRINCESS MONONOKE) is a dreamlike fable and an enchanting fairy tale.