Considered one of the greatest animated films of all time.

This is a wonderful animated film to feature during Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Before today, I knew nothing about this film but it was highly recommended so I decided to watch it.

The film opens with a family driving through the countryside of Japan towards their new home. The daughter, Chihiro is not happy about the move. The father gets a little off track and decides to take a road that leads to a big, strange tunnel. The father gets out of the car and asks his wife and daughter to follow him through the passage. What would they find beyond the tunnel?

At the end of the tunnel, they discover a giant field with an old abandoned amusement park. As they explore the park, the father smelled something that seemed to be delicious. When he found the huge banquet of food, he and his wife started to eat.

They were eating like pigs.

Chihiro would not eat any of the food because she was nervous about being there. She decided to walk around a little more. When she returned to her parents, she discovered that they were now HUGE pigs. Chihiro was frightened.

But it was not long until she met a young boy named Haku. He told her that he could help her. As the sun went down the streets were full of Japanese spirits. Haku told Chihiro that she would be killed unless she could get a job in the huge bathhouse that was on the property. The bathhouse was for the spirits to come freshen up, get pampered and to get some rest.

Chihiro was able to get a job so she was safe for now. The work was difficult for little Chihiro but she did not give up. A lot of strange spirits came through the bathhouse. As a test those “strange” guests were often given to Chihiro to take care of.

Chihiro’s parents were sent to live in the stockyard with thousands of other pigs. Haku told Chihiro that they must find a way to break the spell on the two pigs in order to bring them back as her parents.

Chihiro seems to get in the middle of several mishaps while working at the bathhouse.

Gods, witches, spirits and spells made it hard for Chihiro to do her work.

This is the part of the film that you must see for yourself. This magical and mystical film has an ending that will leave you in a happy place. I am very happy that I took the time to watch Spirited Away.

After watching this AMAZING & STUNNING animated masterpiece I decided to do a little research on the film. It was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who is known as the Godfather of Japanese Animation. Spirited Away was released in 2002 and for 19 years it held the title as the highest grossing film in Japanese history. It has won numerous awards to include an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. In 2016, Spirited Away was voted by the BBC to be the 4th Best Film of the 21st Century.

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