The Journey . . . Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki
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Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi) is a fantasy adventure with a ten year-old girl, which starts in everyday Japan but goes somewhere very different.  For young Chihiro and her family, a mysterious tunnel and haunted town lead to the Land of Spirits, inhabited by gods and monsters and ruled by the greedy witch Yu-baba.  Chihiro’s parents are transformed into pigs; to rescue them, she must surrender her name and serve in this world.  Luckily she finds friends and allies, including the handsome but mysterious boy Haku.  Initially sulky and listless, Chihiro (or Sen, as she’s now called) finds inner strengths and establishes an identity in this strange world.  But can she win back her name and return home?

A Brief Biography

Hayao Miyazaki was born in Tokyo on January 5, 1941.He is one of the greatest animators and directors in Japan. The entertaining plots, compelling characters and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. Disney’s commitment to introduce the films to the rest of the world will let more people appreciate the high-quality works Miyazaki has given us.

http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/sen/ (Hayao Miyazaki's Web Site)

 

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