Spirited Away

Synopsis: Chihiro and her parents are moving to a small Japanese town in the countryside, much to Chihiro's dismay. On the way to their new home, Chihiro's father makes a wrong turn and drives down a lonely one-lane road which dead-ends in front of a tunnel. Her parents decide to stop the car and explore the area. They go through the tunnel and find an abandoned amusement park on the other side, with its own little town. When her parents see a restaurant with great-smelling food but no staff, they decide to eat and pay later. However, Chihiro refuses to eat and decides to explore the theme park a bit more. She meets a boy named Haku who tells her that Chihiro and her parents are in danger, and they must leave immediately. She runs to the restaurant and finds that her parents have turned into pigs. In addition, the theme park turns out to be a town inhabited by demons, spirits, and evil gods. At the center of the town is a bathhouse where these creatures go to relax. The owner of the bathhouse is
Production: Walt Disney Pictures
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125 min

A Studio Ghibli Film

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Good Luck, Chihiro

We'll meet again



we're almost there

This really is the

middle of nowhere

I'll have to shop

in the next town

It'll be great, once

we get used to it

Look, there's the school

That's your new school, Chihiro

It doesn't look so bad

I liked my old school...


My flowers died

No wonder, the way

you clung to them

A little water when we get there

and they'll perk right up

My very first bouquet is

farewell flowers, how sad

What about that rose

you got for your birthday?

One rose isn't a bouquet

You dropped your card

I'm opening the window

C'mon now, behave yourself

It's a big day for all of us



Did I take the wrong turn?

I don't get it

That must be it, look

It must be that

blue one over there

That's it

I must've missed the turn-off

I bet this road'll get us there

This is always how

you get us lost

Just a little farther, OK?

What are those little houses?

They're shrines

People pray to them

Daddy, are we lost?

We're fine, we've

got 4-wheel drive

Sit down, Chihiro

You're going to kill us!

A tunnel?

What's this strange building?

Must be the entrance


Let's go back, honey



It's just plaster

This building's pretty new

The wind's going in

What is it?

Let's have a look

There's a way through

It's creepy, Daddy, let's go back

No need to be scared

Just a little farther, OK?

The moving van'll

get there before us

So, let 'em, they've got the keys

Let the movers move us

I know, but...

No! I won't go!

Daddy, let's go back

Nothing to be scared of

I won't go!

Chihiro, you wait in the car



Watch your step

You'll make me trip, Chihiro,

clinging like that

Where are we?

Say, do you hear that?

It's a train!

Maybe we're near the station

Let's go and find out

What are those houses doing here?

I knew it

This must be an abandoned

theme park

They built so many

in the early '90s,

but they all went down

with the economy

This must be one of 'em

What! No!

Let's go back, Daddy


Mommy, that building's moaning

It's just the wind

What a lovely spot

We should've brought

our lunch with us

They were making a river

Hey, you smell that?

See, it smells great

You're right

Maybe they're still open

Hurry up, Chihiro

Wait for me!

This way

Can you believe it,

they're all restaurants

Where is everybody?

Over there!

Hey, hey!

In here, here

How amazing

Hello, anybody here?

Come in, Chihiro,

it looks delicious


Oh, don't worry

We can pay them when they get back

You're right

That one looks great...

I wonder what this is called

Delicious! Chihiro, taste it

I don't want to!

Let's go!

They're gonna be mad at us

Don't worry,

you've got Daddy here

I've got credit cards and cash

Take some, Chihiro,

it's so tender


Thank you




There's a train!

You're not allowed here

Go back!


It's almost night!

Leave before it gets dark

They're lighting the lamps


I'll distract them

Get back across the river!

What's his problem?


Daddy, let's go home

Let's go, Daddy!




It's water!

This can't be...

I'm dreaming, dreaming!

Wake up! Wake up!

Wake... up...

It's just a dream, a dream

Go away, disappear


I can see through!

It's a dream, it's got to be

Don't be afraid, I'm a friend

No, no, no!

Open your mouth and eat this

Unless you eat something

from this world, you'll vanish


Don't worry

It won't turn you into a pig

Chew it and swallow

Good girl, you're fine

See for yourself

I'm back again...

You see?

Now come

What about my mom and dad? They

didn't really turn into pigs, did they?

You can't see them now,

but you will


It's looking for you

There's no time, let's run!

I... I can't stand! Oh, no!

My legs don't work

Calm, now

Take a deep breath

In the name of the wind and

the water within thee... Unbind her

Get up!

Hold your breath while

we're on the bridge

Even a tiny breath,

will break the spell and

the attendants will see you

I'm scared

Be calm


Always nice to see you

Welcome, welcome

I'm back from my task

Welcome back, sir

A deep breath...

And hold...

Welcome back!

We missed you!

Hang on, we're almost...

Master Haku!

Where have you...


A human?



Master Haku, Master Haku!

Chase after it

A human intruder!

I smell humans!

The stench of humans!

They know you're here

I'm sorry, I took a breath

No, Chihiro, you did very well

Listen and I'll

tell you what to do

Stay here, and they'll find you

I'll distract them

In the meantime, you escape

No, don't go!

Stay with me, please

You have no choice,

if you want to survive here

And save your parents, too

So they did turn into pigs...

I wasn't dreaming...

Be still...

When things quiet down,

go out by the back gate

Take the stairs, all the way down

Until you reach the boiler room,

where they stoke the fires

Kamaji's there, so look for him


Ask him for work

Even if he refuses, insist

If you don't work, Yubaba will

turn you into an animal


You'll see

She's the sorceress who rules our world

Kamaji will turn you away,

trick you into you leaving,

but keep on asking him for work

It'll be hard work,

but it will give you a chance

Then even Yubaba can't harm you

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Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, he has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest animation directors. Born in Bunkyō Ward of Tokyo, Miyazaki expressed interest in manga and animation from an early age, and he joined Toei Animation in 1963. During his early years at Toei Animation he worked as an in-between artist and later collaborated with director Isao Takahata. Notable films to which Miyazaki contributed at Toei include Doggie March and Gulliver's Travels Beyond the Moon. He provided key animation to other films at Toei, such as Puss in Boots and Animal Treasure Island, before moving to A-Pro in 1971, where he co-directed Lupin the Third Part I alongside Takahata. After moving to Zuiyō Eizō (later known as Nippon Animation) in 1973, Miyazaki worked as an animator on World Masterpiece Theater, and directed the television series Future Boy Conan. He joined Telecom Animation Film/Tokyo Movie Shinsha in 1979 to direct his first feature films, The Castle of Cagliostro in 1979 and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind in 1984, as well as the television series Sherlock Hound. Miyazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985. He directed multiple films with Ghibli, including Castle in the Sky in 1986, My Neighbor Totoro in 1988, Kiki's Delivery Service in 1989, and Porco Rosso in 1992. The films were met with commercial and critical success in Japan. Miyazaki's film Princess Mononoke was the first animated film to win the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year, and briefly became the highest-grossing film in Japan following its release in 1997; its distribution to the Western world greatly increased Ghibli's popularity and influence outside Japan. His 2001 film Spirited Away became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards and considered among the greatest films of the decade. Miyazaki's later films—Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises—also enjoyed critical and commercial success. Following the release of The Wind Rises, Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature films, though he returned to work on a new feature film in 2016. Miyazaki's works are characterized by the recurrence of themes such as humanity's relationship with nature and technology, the wholesomeness of natural and traditional patterns of living, the importance of art and craftsmanship, and the difficulty of maintaining a pacifist ethic in a violent world. The protagonists of his films are often strong girls or young women, and several of his films present morally ambiguous antagonists with redeeming qualities. Miyazaki's works have been highly praised and awarded; he was named a Person of Cultural Merit for outstanding cultural contributions in November 2012, and received the Academy Honorary Award for his impact on animation and cinema in November 2014. In 2002, American film critic Roger Ebert suggested that Miyazaki may be the best animation filmmaker in history, praising the depth and artistry of his films. more…

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