Thursday, 14 Nov 2019

Famous animated movie from Japan, Spirited Away finally releases in China 18 years after its original release


IllustrationIllustration - Fans of animated movies love Japan’s Studio Ghibli films made by filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. But Chinese fans are only recently able to see these films on the big screen, due to Chinese government’s sensitivity regarding the kinds of media that can enter the country, especially ones from Japan.

In December 2018, one of Miyazaki’s films, My Neigbor Totoro was finally re-released in China. It is a sign that the relationship between Japan and China is becoming less tense.

My Neigbor Totoro is one of the most popular Ghibli movies aimed for children. The titular character Totoro, a guardian of the forest that resembles a hybrid of a cat, an owl, and a bear, even become’s the studio’s mascot.

The Totoro release was a huge success in China. Now another one of Miyazaki’s film, Spirited Away, will be re-released in China 18 years after its original release and is expected to perform even better.

Spirited Away (Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi in Japanese title) is one of the top-grossing films of all time at Japanese box office and the second highest-grossing anime film of all time in the world. It is one of the best, if not the best, films that Miyazaki had ever made.

Spirited Away tells the story of a 10-year-old girl named Chihiro who is trapped in a world of spirits. With the help of new friends, she has to find a way to escape the place and save her parents.


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