"If I hear one little complaint out of you, you’ll be joining your parents in the pigpen!"
Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 film Spirited Away shot to the top of the Japanese box office and still holds the spot as the highest grossing film in Japanese history, sinking box office juggernaut Titanic. Perhaps it says a lot that it’s a Japanese story that is so universally appealing and that it’s for all ages. Or that it’s timeless. Regardless of why it’s so popular, it’s great to see Miyazaki as the person whose creation holds that spot. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Hayao Miyazaki series with this beautiful film Spirited Away.
We talk about why this film works so well for us and the various elements of the story that put it at the top of the heap of his films, or at least near to it. We chat about the voice talent and how well they all work in both the original Japanese version as well as the English dub. We discuss the characters and how well they work here, notably Chihiro and the journey she takes in this crazy spirit world to grow into a stronger 10-year-old girl. We touch on the integration Miyazaki and his team uses in this film and how it works fluidly throughout. We chat about how well the film was received, both via awards as well as box office. And we can’t let a score of Joe Hisaishi go by without chatting about how well it works for us.
It’s a beautiful film that stands as a timeless masterpiece. We love it and have a great time talking about it. Tune in! At The Next Reel, when the movie ends, the conversation begins.
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- Original theatrical trailer
- Original poster artwork
- Tokyo Ghibli Land by artist Takumi