Spirited Away is one of the world’s most successful animated fantasy movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli in 2001. Spirited Away has made US$ 289.1 million and also won the title of 'Best Animated Feature film' at the 75th Academy Awards, and to any viewer's surprise, this film was unscripted and it finished its story during the production period. Anime fan or not, one cannot deny that Spirited Away has been one of the most iconic animated films ever made.
The movie revolves around who gets sidetracked while travelling along with her parents towards their new home and takes a wrong turn to an ominous-looking dirt road that leads them to an entrance of a discarded amusement park. The place's atmosphere is so calm and smooth, it has appealing weather, dry river and some old weird and abandoned houses nearby the park.
Her parents devide to wander around and explore the place more, which ultimately gets them to one of the restaurant stalls piled up with various delicious foods awaiting to be served with no workers or customers around. They get tempted to have them despite Chihiro's warn to not eat the foods.
After failed attempts, Chihiro leaves her parents to fill their stomach and goes off to discover the mysterious park where she meets the boy master Haku who immediately warns her to depart the place with her parents before the dark. But unfortunately the darkness of night prevails and shadowy spirits fill the park. She runs towards the restaurant and finds her parents to be converted into large pigs. She screams for her parents everywhere but are nowhere to be found.
With hopeless heart of not getting her parents back and fear of being caught, she tries to run away from everyone’s sight and hides behind the wall where she finds herself to be becoming transparent with the growing night.
Haku and Chihiro (Sen)
All of a sudden, master Haku returns to her and instructs her how to rescue her parents. Here the real journey of restoring her parents from pigs to the former-self begins.
She starts and keeps fighting against the all odds, winning the heats of even evil spirits and monsters with her humble attitude and generosity until she rescues her parents and her friend master Haku who assists her throughout the adventurous and dangerous journey.
Almost all Studio Ghibli's movies have such a wonderful plot and character that inspired many people. Princess Mononoke, The tale of the Princess Kaguya, Arietty, and The Grave of the Fireflies are few of my favorite Studio Ghibli's movies. AndSpirited Away is my Studio Ghibli's all time favorite movie. The movie has special place in my heart because it taught me many life lessons. My heart always touched and warmed everytime I watch the movie. Things I have learnt from The movie are :
1. When you get up and fthey will never dare to frighten you anymore. Chihiro was so undoubtedly frightened for being among weird and stressful creatures of the spirits world. She even wants to think that all are only a bad dreams and she will wake up soon. But then she learnt that her fright would not help her parents, so she brave her heart and get up to face her fears. Once she was exposed to her deepest fear, she felt free from strong negative emotions and got the real perspective of the world which helped her to bounce back and take on the real struggles of life.
Chihiro helped every spirits in need even when she was in hurry. She helped No-Face who lost his minds in the Bath House. She doesn’t hesitate to clean a horribly-smelling spirit when everybody else denies touching him. And at the end the spirit gave her a magic herbal cake that helps to cure any ilness. She also doesn’t leave Haku alone while he is attacked by birds and gets seriously injured. She even willed to go far away from the Bath House to get Zeniba's forgiveness for Haku's theft. And what I can learn is, "w
In the movie, No-Face lures everyone with gold, at the same time he fails to attract Chihiho. She doesn’t accept his offers as she finds no logical reason or necessity for having them and she never regrets.
I also impressed by one of Spirited Away's quotes that Zeniba said, it was :
"Once you've met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return"
I think it's true, that nothing that happens is ever forgetten, even if you cannot remember it. I don't know why but Iam quite relieved to hear it.. It is the feeling that you cannot just describe it in words, I think..