Spirited Away (2002)

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A young girl is transported to a magical kingdom populated with dragons, spirits and monsters where she must break the spell of its witch-like ruler to rescue her parents and return home.

Studio Ghibli’s answer to The Wizard Of Oz, Spirited Away is another beautifully crafted fantasy that will enchant children and adults alike. It contains Miyazaki’s usual menagerie of strange and wonderful creatures who help and hinder a lost girl in a kind of Japanese homage to Alice In Wonderland. Bizarre and endearing in a way that’s peculiar to the Japanese, this film is so beautifully drawn, animated and scored it’s difficult to not be drawn into this magical world despite some rather obtuse plotting that may confound younger viewers.

Strange and beautiful.

7/10

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