SPIRITED AWAY. Chihiro is a capricious, headstrong 10-year-old girl, who believes the entire universe should submit to her every whim. When her parents, Akio and Yugo, tell her they have to move house, she is furious and makes no attempt to hide her anger.

As they depart, she clings to the memory of her friends as much as to a bunch of flowers, the last trace of her old life. Arriving at the end of a mysterious cul-de-sac, the family is confronted by an immense red building in which an endless tunnel gapes like a gigantic mouth. Reluctantly, Chihiro follows her parents in.

The tunnel leads to a ghostly town, where a sumptuous banquet is waiting. Akio and Yugo fall upon the delicious food ravenously, but are transformed into pigs as their daughter looks on. They have strayed into a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings, and ruled over by a demonic sorceress, the harpy-like Yubaba.

Yubaba explains to Chihiro that newcomers are turned into animals before being slaughtered and eaten. Those who escape this tragic fate are condemned to annihilation once they have been proven worthless.

Fortunately, Chihiro finds an ally in the enigmatic Haku. In order to delay the fateful day of reckoning, to survive in this strange and perilous new world, she must make herself useful, she must work. Chihiro renounces her laziness, her humanity, her reason, her memories, even her name…



September 12, 2003


Hayao Miyazaki


Hayao Miyazaki


Buena Vista International / Ghibli International


Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi




125 minutes