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Spirited Away (2001)

Coming Out at 20 July 2001 in theaters.

“Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi”

Animation, Adventure, Family

Spirited Away is animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Tohokushinsha Film and Mitsubishi, and distributed by Toho. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijō, Takehiko Ono, and Bunta Sugawara. Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a 10-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighbourhood, enters the world of Kami (spirits) of Japanese Shinto folklore. After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.

Miyazaki wrote the script after he decided the film would be based on the 10-year-old daughter of his friend Seiji Okuda, the movie’s associate producer, who came to visit his house each summer. At the time, Miyazaki was developing two personal projects, but they were rejected. With a budget of 19 million US dollars, production of Spirited Away began in 2000. Pixar animator John Lasseter, a fan and friend of Miyazaki, convinced Walt Disney Pictures to buy the film’s North American distribution rights and served as executive producer of its English-dubbed version. Lasseter then hired Kirk Wise as director and Donald W. Ernst as producer of the version while screenwriters Cindy Davis Hewitt and Donald H. Hewitt wrote the English-language dialogue in order to match the characters’ original Japanese-language lip movements.

The film was originally released in Japan on 20 July 2001 by distributor Toho. It became the most successful film in Japanese history, grossing over $347 million worldwide. The film overtook Titanic (the top-grossing film worldwide at the time) in the Japanese box office to become the highest-grossing film in Japanese history with a total of ¥30.8 billion. Spirited Away received universal acclaim and is frequently ranked among the greatest animated films ever made. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards, making it the first (and, to date, only) hand-drawn and non-English-language animated film to win that award. It was the co-recipient of the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival (shared with Bloody Sunday) and is in the top 10 on the British Film Institute’s list of “Top 50 films for children up to the age of 14”.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki

Writer: Hayao Miyazaki

Stars: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naitô, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tatsuya Gashûin, Ryûnosuke Kamiki


Rumi HiiragiChihiro Ogino / Sen (voice)
Miyu IrinoHaku (voice)
Mari NatsukiYubaba / Zeniba (voice)
Takashi NaitôAkio Ogino (voice)
Yasuko SawaguchiYûko Ogino (voice)
Tatsuya GashûinAogaeru (voice)
Ryûnosuke KamikiBô (voice)
Yumi TamaiRin (voice)
Yô ÔizumiBandai-gaeru (voice)
Koba HayashiKawa no Kami (voice)
Tsunehiko KamijôChichiyaku (voice)
Takehiko OnoAniyaku (voice)
Bunta SugawaraKamajî (voice)
Shigeru Wakita(voice)
Shirô Saitô(voice)
Michiko Yamamoto(voice)
Keiko Tsukamoto(voice)
Akio NakamuraKaonashi (voice)
Shinji Tokumaru(voice)
Kaori Yamagata(voice)
Yayoi Kazuki(voice)
Masahiro Asano(voice)
Kazutaka Hayashida(voice)
Ikuko Yamamoto(voice)
Mina Meguro(voice)
Tetsurô Ishibashi(voice)
Katsutomo Shîbara(voice)
Shinobu Katabuchi(voice)
Noriko Kitou(voice)
Naoto Kaji(voice)
Yoshitaka Sukegawa(voice)
Aki Tachikawa(voice)
Noriko Yamaya(voice)
Katsuhisa Matsuo(voice)
Masayuki Kizu(voice)
Yôko Ôno(voice)
Sachie Azuma(voice)
Ken YasudaOshirasama (voice)
Shigeyuki Totsugi(voice)
Mayumi Sako(voice)
Sonoko Soeda(voice)
Akiko Tomihira(voice)
Minako Masuda(voice)
Orika Ono(voice)
Rina Yamada(voice)
Miwa Takachi(voice)
Hiromi Takeuchi(voice)
Makiko Oku(voice)
Daveigh ChaseChihiro (voice)
Suzanne PleshetteYubaba / Zeniba (voice)
Jason MarsdenHaku (voice)
Susan EganLin (voice)
David Ogden StiersKamaji (voice)
Lauren HollyChihiro’s Mother (voice)
Michael ChiklisChihiro’s Father (voice)
John RatzenbergerAssistant Manager (voice)
Tara StrongBoh (Baby) (voice)
Mickie McGowanBath House Woman (voice)
Sherry Lynn(voice)
Jack AngelRadish Spirit (Oshira-sama) (voice)
Mona Marshall(voice)
Bob BergenNo-Face / Frog (voice)
Candi Milo(voice)
Rodger BumpassForeman (Bandai-gaeru) (voice)
Colleen O’Shaughnessey(voice)
Jennifer Darling(voice)
Phil ProctorFrog-like Chef (voice)
Paul EidingChichiyaku (voice)
Jim WardRiver Spirit (voice)
Madalena BoboneYûko Ogino (voice)
Mónica ChabyLin (voice)
Romeu CostaHaku (voice)
Filipa Maló FrancoChihiro Ogino / Sen (voice)
João LagartoAkio Ogino (voice)
João MeloAniyaku (voice)
Rui MendesKamaji (voice)
Fernanda MontemorYubaba (voice)
Dee Bradley BakerKashira (voice)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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