Imagine you are 10 years old, and moving house with your parents. As you’re driving along you get lost and find a strange village. Suddenly your parents fall in a trap and you end up in the spirit world, alone.
Although I believe many have seen and enjoyed Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s works, I still want to recommend a long-time favorite of mine – Spirited Away. For those who are curious about anime or japanese movies, this is a great place to begin. This cosy family movie is beautiful and well-made, making it great entertainment for all ages.
Chihiro’s journey in the spirit world is filled with many strange creatures, from small and fuzzy soot spirits, to witches, even dragons and a no-face demon. Taking up work in a bathhouse Chihiro ventures through a world very different from her own, making some friends along the way. This adventure is surprising and it’s charming story will move you.
It comes as no surprise that this great piece of cinematic beauty is the most successful film in Japanese history, won an academy award, and was voted fourth best film of the 21st century. Like me, a whole world fell in love with the Japanese animated style and the wonderful stories from Studio Ghibli. Please share, and remember: smiles are contagius 😀