Having become the most successful film in Japanese history in 2001, as well as the highest grossing by overtaking Titanic at the box office, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away has been marked up by the BBC as a modern movie destined to be considered a classic by generations to come. In their list of the 21st century’s 100 greatest films, as selected by 177 film critics from every continent except Antarctica, Spirited Away came 4th overall. Tracing back over the worldwide acclaim following its release, being the first Japanese animated film to be awarded the Best Animated Feature Oscar, this Studio Ghibli movie remains the one Japanese animated feature venerated amongst “the best that cinema has had to offer since 2000” by the BBC.

In other Ghibli celebrations, with the upcoming release of the Ghibli co-produced film The Red Turtle, Toho Cinemas sponsored a Studio Ghibli General Election. Until August 28th, fans voted for their favourite that they’d love to see in cinemas again from a list of 21 films, and on August 20th preliminary results revealed the leading five as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away.

Fans then voted for their favourite of the five, and as Spirited Away took first place, it will receive limited theatrical screenings from September 10th-16th. The screenings will take place at the following locations in Japan: Sapporo Cinema Fontier, Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills, Toho Cinemas Nagoya Bay City, Toho Cinemas Umeda, and Toho Cinemas Tenjin. The Red Turtle will then open in Japanese cinemas on September 17th.

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Spirited Away just kind of managed to appeal to such a large audience (whether they usually watched anime or not) because it told a great story and did it in such an interesting and engaging way. Definitely a movie that had an impact.
Thanks for sharing.

Elisabeth O'Neill

Yeah, it captures that universal sense of imagination and childlike adventure and wonder perfectly. It’s so effortless, but it really does deserve its international acclaim. You’re welcome 🙂


It deserves to be on there. It set forth animation and was amazing.