When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.
Chihiro and her parents are moving to a small Japanese town in the countryside, much to Chihiro's dismay. On the way to their new home, Chihiro's father makes a wrong turn and drives down a lonely one-lane road which dead-ends in front of a tunnel. Her parents decide to stop the car and explore the area. They go through the tunnel and find an abandoned amusement park on the other side, with its own little town. When her parents see a restaurant with great-smelling food but no staff, they decide to eat and pay later. However, Chihiro refuses to eat and decides to explore the theme park a bit more. She meets a boy named Haku who tells her that Chihiro and her parents are in danger, and they must leave immediately. She runs to the restaurant and finds that her parents have turned into pigs. In addition, the theme park turns out to be a town inhabited by demons, spirits, and evil gods. At the center of the town is a bathhouse where these creatures go to relax. The owner of the bathhouse ... Written by
Actually I dislike his or her comments badly. If you didn't get it
watch it again. This is not a piece to just entertain, the creator has
put his own feeling and I believe life experience and the fear always
buried in children's mind into it. It is a comely tale that express the
creator's thoughts in some way, whilst shining as a attractive
animation piece with so many details that you might have ignore if you
were careless. It is a rich story and I can see the efforts creators
put into it in many spots and frames.
e.g. While Chihiro was walking towards the garden where Haku told her
to meet him, she passed some stairs where she can see an island, there
are some house on it, she stopped for it for a little while, that,
represents her longing to human world, her own world, this kind of
details can be ignored by many people but they don't mind putting it in
to make the whole story richer, more truthful, full of power of
Apart from that, did you ever notice that some "camera language" was
used very well to tell the story in a more entertaining and better
pace.e.g. When Kamaji was telling Chihiro how Haku turned up to this
world before just like what she did, the "camera" panned to where the
little rat(changed from the fat baby)was showing off to soots by
putting his foot into the spell melted print while Kamaji's
introduction about Haku's background is also getting across to the
audience. This is just one of the details that shows how much story
telling skills and rhythm control of plots.
There're many other things like this, shouldn't be ignored if you want
to make a nice comment, even though as an American viewer you might
miss a lot of the story by lack of the culture background, but that's
not the reason that you can comment it as anyway you want without even
really READ the film.
I am a visual effects person and film maker but I can't tell where the
jerking of the footage and the stopping of character's movement are in
the film. could Gazzer please enlighten us? As also a fan of Pixar I
hope I don't have bias on either American animations or Japanese ones,
but as a Chinese who might have some resistance towards Japanese
products for national esteem or historic reason, I still admires Ghibli
Studio's work. "Spirited Away" is a masterpiece of elegant picture and
touching story, if Gazzer-2 knows what that means.
"Ice Age" was a pretty cute one of Fox productions, but not good enough
to compete with "Spirited Away" I'm afraid. And I'd laugh at the
opinion that the story of "Ice Age" is much simpler hence Oscar
committee didn't recognise it, actually I believe "Spirited Away" was
beautifully hand-painted frame by frame while "Ice Age" had a giant
crew in 3d animation and visual effects. I'm afraid Ice Age was the
much more complicated one.
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