Spirited Away


This highly-rated Japanese animated movie follows the adventures of a little girl who finds herself in a mysterious amusement park. It has a special building which functions as a bathhouse for spirits. Unfortunately, it's one of those places that, once you enter, you can't leave. She makes friends with a young boy who tries his best to help her. Some comments from Roger Ebert: ''It has been flawlessly dubbed into English by John Lasseter (Toy Story), it was co-winner of this year's Berlin Film Festival against 'regular' movies, it passed 'Titanic' to become the top-grossing film in Japanese history, and it is the first film ever to make more than $200 million before opening in America.''


125 minutes.
Parental Guidance .
Drama, Family movie, Fantasy
I hope you
I hope you're not full of nonsense...

Credits

Cast
Voices of Jason Marsden, Suzanne Pleshette, Michael Chiklis, Lauren Holly, John Ratzenberger, Susan Egan, David Ogden Stiers, Tara Strong
Director
Hayao Miyazaki
ScreenplayHayao Miyazaki, translation by Cindy Davis Hewitt, Donald H. Hewitt
MusicJô Hisaishi, Yumi Kimura
CinematographyBrand Jordaan, Ivan Leathers, Clive Sackie
Sound formatsDolby EX 6.1, DTS-ES
Made in2001
Produced byDentsu Inc., Mitsubishi Commercial Affairs, NTV, Studio Ghibli, Tokuma Shoten, Touhoku Shinsha, Walt Disney Pictures

Official Site




Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
14
Cape Argus
Gary van Dyk
10
The Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
15
The Star
Tanya Farber
18
Die Burger
Gottfried Maas
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
eye Weekly
Ingrid Randoja
15
Box Office
Kevin Courrier
15
ReelViews
James Berardinelli
18
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
20

What the People say

Internet
7379 Netizens
17

Average .. 78%

16

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: An interesting change from the usual Disney offerings, this movie has a complex storyline and is almost more aimed at adults than the little ones. Note the longish (for animated) running time, which may be too long for the anklebiters. Other than that, the ratings speak for themselves...






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