Winner of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Animated feature, Spirited Away tells the story of 10-year-old Chihiro, a girl in the midst of a move to the suburbs who wanders into a strange town and finds a world of spirits ruled over by the mysterious Yubaba.
Haku takes Sen to visit her parents, who have turned into pigs. Sen promises to rescue them and get them all out of this strange world one day. Back at work, Sen is forced to do the grossest jobs, like cleaning out the giant tub. And then the dreaded Stink God pays a visit to the bathhouse, and Sen is sent to serve his odorous presence! Through pluck and determination, though, Sen makes it through, and finds a valuable prize in the process. Meanwhile, the masked man, the mysterious No-Face monster is lurking about. Who is he...and what does he want?
Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's most beloved animation directors. In 2005 he was awarded the Venice International Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement, and his Studio Ghibli received the festival's Osella Award for overall achievement in 2004. Miyazaki's films include Spirited Away, winner of the 2002 Academy Award (R) for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle, and Ponyo, all of which have received great acclaim in the U.S. Miyazaki's other achievements include the highly regarded manga series Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and Starting Point: 1979-1996, a collection of essays, interviews, and memoirs that chronicle his early career and the development of his theories of animation. Both are published in English by VIZ Media.