Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective
Hayao Miyazaki’s Academy Award®-winning masterpiece Spirited Away was the biggest box office hit of all time in Japan and a film that helped redefine the possibilities of animation for American audiences and a generation of new filmmakers.
Wandering through an abandoned carnival site, ten-year-old Chichiro is separated from her parents and stumbles into a dream-like spirit world where she is put to work in a bathhouse for the gods, a place where all kinds of nonhuman beings come to refresh, relax and recharge. Here she encounters a vast menagerie of impossibly inventive characters — shape-shifting phantoms and spirits, some friendly, some less so — and must find the inner strength to outsmart her captors and return to her family. Combining Japanese mythology with Through the Looking Glass-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of inspired animation and wondrous, lyrical storytelling.
Duration: 125 mins. | Rating: PG | Presented Jan. 11 & Jan. 15 in Japanese with English subtitles; Presented Jan. 21 dubbed in English
The Empirical Theater's Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective runs January 11 through January 21 and features a collection of some of the finest films from Japan's most renowned animation studio. Please call 503-797-4000 for more information.