Thursday, April 1, 2010

#87 Spirited Away: I'm see-through

2001. dir. Hayao Miyazaki, starring Rumi Hîragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki. Japanese with subtitles.

Seen it before? No.

Getting all of our anime done in one shot. Actually that's sort of an accident; I had a lot of it at the top of the Netflix queue because they were on "Very Long Wait". So I got a whole bunch of it at once. Oh well.

This movie is a total 180 from the last one we watched: Grave of the Firefiles, which was an unflinching, depressing look at the after-effects of war. This one is more like Alice In Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz or Labyrinth, a fantastic journey into a strange new world. A little girl Chihiro is moving to a new town with her parents. They take a wrong turn and wander down a tunnel and find what looks like an abandoned amusement park. Chihiro wanders into this huge bathhouse, which is populated by all sorts of strange creatures. What follows defies description and reality. Dream logic takes over.

Much like Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke, much of this doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I enjoyed this one more because it had more of a whimsical quality. I'm sure this would give little kids nightmares (the witches with the huge eyes, for example) so watch out.

Position on the list: 54
Daniel's favorite part: The stink monster.

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