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Spirited Away

Director

Hayao Miyazaki

Score

Joe Hisaishi

Genre

Fantasy

Release date

2001

Country

Japan

Series

Studio Ghibli

Preceded by

My Neighbours the Yamadas

Followed by

The Cat Returns

2001 Studio Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki film.

First watch

Format

Can't remember.

Journal

Late 2000s, I imagine? Not sure if it was college or uni years.

Rating

1?

Second watch (November 15-16th 2012)

Format

At home. Japanese with English subs.

Journal

Watched the first hour and a half on the night of the 15th, the night after watching Princess Mononoke. Interestingly different - the animation seems a lot more modern, whether it's the 'framerate' (the older films had a noticeably low frame count for some animations), or the lighting, or the use of computer graphics I'm not sure. It's pretty surreal, and I'm not sure what Miyazaki was going for - it's quite unlike the earlier films. Neither epic fantasy nor plane/technology showcasing.

Finished it the following night. Not impressed. Couldn't understand why half the stuff was happening, it was like a stupid kid's movie with a bunch of inane unrelated irrelevant crap just because. The giant baby? I was going to list it but it's basically everything in the film.

Rating

0

Third watch (July 2021)

Format

At home

Journal

Watched after recommending a few Ghibli movies to Nicole at work, and she mentioned watching this one and enjoying it. I figured I'd give it a rewatch to see if I got it better this time. Not really - it's nice and all but still seems weird and unfocused.

Rating

0

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