Film - Feature: Center for Japanese Studies | December 29 | 3-5:05 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ever the nostalgic fabulist, Hayao Miyazaki builds a passage between modern, everyday Japanese life and the half-remembered realms of spirits and folklore in this compelling adventure, winner of numerous international prizes including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. En route to their new suburban home, ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon an abandoned theme park that turns out to be a true magic kingdom. When Mom and Dad undergo a terrible transformation, Chihiros only chance to save them, and herself, is to become a servant in a bathhouse frequented by millions of gods. Chihiro adapts by trial and error to the rules and culture of a place where little is what it initially seems. As always, Miyazaki makes this fantastic world feel utterly real, populating it with complex, mutable characters, precisely calibrating visual details, and infusing an allegorical yet organic plot with nuanced emotion.
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