is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, Nippon Television Network, Dentsu, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, Tohokushinsha Film, and Mitsubishi and distributed by Toho. The film features the voices of Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijō, Takehiko Ono, and Bunta Sugawara. Spirited Away tells the story of Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi), a ten-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the world of Kami (spirits of Japanese Shinto folklore). After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba (Natsuki), Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.
Ten-year-old Chihiro Ogino and her parents are traveling to their new home. Her father decides to take a shortcut and stops in front of a tunnel leading to what appears to be an abandoned amusement park, which Chihiro's father insists on exploring despite his daughter's protests. They find a seemingly empty restaurant still stocked with food, which Chihiro's parents immediately begin to eat. While exploring further, Chihiro reaches an enormous bathhouse and meets a boy named Haku, who warns her to return across the riverbed before sunset. However, Chihiro discovers that her parents have turned into pigs, and she is unable to cross the now-flooded river.
|award||Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Animation Kobe Theatrical Film Award Golden Bear|
|events||coming-of-age journey consumerism human-nature relationship Japanese mythology loss|
|keywords||abandon amusement park bathhouse boiler room dumpling eat emetic explore fall kanji new home polluted river river sentō shikigami susuwatari train ticket travel twin sister yōkai|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Animated Feature European Film Award for Best Non-European Film|
|publisher||The Walt Disney Company Toho|
|theme||animated anime coming-of-age ghost parallel universes shapeshifting|