Spirited Away

Spirited Away

DVD - 2017
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A young girl, Chihiro, finds herself trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. An unforgettable story, brimming with creativity, this will take viewers on a journey beyond imagination.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] : Shout Factory, [2017]
Edition: Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2001
Branch Call Number: DVD-CH FEATURE SPIR
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 125 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 05, 2016

I'm sorry, but I just can't do it. I've loved watching Miyazaki, but not so much Spirited Away. I'm so glad this wasn't my first Miyazaki movie, because had it been, I don't know I would've watched the others. Yes, it was visually stunning and... interesting, but this seemed like a movie meant to... Read More »


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 23, 2020

Honestly one of my favourite movies, and possibly my all time favourite Ghibli film. The animation is amazing and the voice acting is great whether you choose to watch the dub or sub. The characters are well written and believable. This is a great way to introduce someone to anime if they aren't sure about it, as it's a family film that everyone can enjoy. The music is great and it's worth just listening to some of the soundtrack even if you don't want to watch the movie. The movie also has pretty unique designs for spirits and creatures, such as the sootballs, which are adorable little spirits made of soot. 5/5 stars
@Frost_touch of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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red_horse_942
Feb 02, 2020

I grew up watching Disney and Studio Ghibli. This was my first Miyazaki film and I never really understood it until I got re-obsessed with the films last year. Spirited Away is by far my absolute favorite. The way it combines the love of family and the importance of friendship is breathtaking, and I'm constantly in swoon-mode when it comes to Chihiro and Haku. This is one of my absolute favorites, and so I definitely recommend. One of the best Ghibli films out there, trust me.

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stevania_k
Feb 01, 2020

Nice cinematography. Nice soundtrack. The plot is a bit weird as well as the characters, nonetheless they can be cute and there is no villain character. The theme is complex which covers transition from childhood to adulthood, environmental issues, capitalism and consumerism according to the film maker, but I think it’s vague.

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booksmile
Jan 29, 2020

One of my favorite Ghibli animes...second only to Totoro

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akirakato
Dec 18, 2019

Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki in 2001, this Japanese animated fantasy follows a moody 10-year-old girl into a wonderland where her parents are turned into pigs by the witch.
Although highly rated in the past, the film turns out a somewhat disappointing story for me as an adult.
In any case, I'm pretty sure, an under-10-year-old kid would love to watch it.

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Yelloow
Dec 07, 2019

Haven't read it but it's good.

WCL_Kiirstin Nov 04, 2019

Perhaps my favourite movie ever. Things go very, very sideways for Chiharu, and then, with a little kindness, some help from her friends, and a lot of hard work, things get back on track. The animation is stunning, and the storyline moves smoothly, but also leaves breathing space. An excellent introduction to Studio Ghibli's oevre, contemplative, creative, slightly melancholy and also hopeful, and just gorgeous.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 22, 2019

Spirited away is a lovely Japanese animated film that takes us as viewers on an intense adventure through a world of spirits. This film may come off as a bit frightening for younger viewers, but this is definitely a wonderful film for views ages 10 and older. The beauty of this film is that it shows how hardworking truly rewards you. This movie is focussed more towards Japan's Indigenous culture and this is something many might find weird. I personally loved this film and I think the movie was well made overall. The animation and the artistic part of the film is hard to overlook! You can tell that many people worked very hard to produce and make the film! Definitely a 4 out of 5 stars from me!
@SpookyCat of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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DylanLovesManga
Oct 21, 2019

I'll be biased, I watched this many times when I was young, but watching this as I get older into a adult, I noticed how the main theme of this story is that childhood can brought back through ways, Chihiro (Sen) tries to reclaim to her name and tries to returns to the human world with the help of a another boy named Haku, who already lost his childhood and full name, but later regains it back when Chihiro remembers the moment when she first met Haku back in the human world. Also, the animation and music are top notch, makes the world much believable, it make my heart warm. Overall, an 10/10, a truly fine animated masterpiece.

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yesbyedith
Sep 18, 2019

Vast imagination! Love stories where characters become more mature..

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Aug 31, 2019

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LlamaGirl1
May 01, 2017

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Sep 10, 2016

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May 31, 2015

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ukellyle
Nov 18, 2014

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Jun 25, 2014

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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!!"

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 17, 2012

Chihiro: For some reason, I can remember Haku... from a long time ago... but I thought I never met him before!

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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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