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Macmillan Higher Education

Spirited Away

Author(s):
Publisher:

British Film Institute

Pages: 121
Series:

BFI Film Classics

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Further Actions:

Recommend to library

AVAILABLE FORMATS

Paperback - 9781844572304

15 July 2008

$19.99

In stock

Ebook - 9781844575480

18 June 2008

$29.99

Not yet published


Spirited Away, directed by the veteran anime film-maker Hayao Miyazaki, is

Japan's most successful film, and one of the top-grossing 'foreign language'

films ever released. Set in modern Japan, the film is a wildly...

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Spirited Away, directed by the veteran anime film-maker Hayao Miyazaki, is

Japan's most successful film, and one of the top-grossing 'foreign language'

films ever released. Set in modern Japan, the film is a wildly imaginative

fantasy, at once personal and universal. It tells the story of a listless little girl

who stumbles into a magical world where gods relax in a palatial bathhouse,

where there are giant babies and hard-working soot sprites, and where a train

runs across the sea.

Andrew Osmond's insightful study describes how Miyazaki directed Spirited

Away with a degree of creative control undreamt of in most popular cinema,

using the film's delightful, freewheeling visual ideas to explore issues ranging

from personal agency and responsibility to what Miyazaki sees as the

lamentable state of modern Japan. Osmond unpacks the film's visual language,

which many Western (and some Japanese) audiences find both beautiful and

bewildering. He traces connections between Spirited Away and Miyazaki's prior

body of work, arguing that Spirited Away uses the cartoon medium to create a

compellingly immersive drawn world.

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Spirited Away is one of the most successful foreignlanguage films ever made

Includes information about the film hitherto unavailable in English

Anime is a cult genre with an enthusiastic fanbase who are very loyal bookbuyers

Publicity campaign will promote via Anima magazines and websites

TBC.
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ANDREW OSMOND is a freelance journalist based in Berkshire, UK. He writes for a range of high-profile film magazines including Sight& Sound, Empire and SFX.

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ANDREW OSMOND is a freelance journalist based in Berkshire, UK. He writes for a range of high-profile film magazines including Sight& Sound, Empire and SFX.

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