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Today we are joined by Angus, Rory, Dominic, Konstantin, Ethan, Pradnya, Johnnie, and Leo, students at Greene’s College Oxford, as we take a look at the 2001 film, Spirited Away, directed by Hayao Miyazaki and released by Studio Ghibli.

The film follows the story of ten-year-old Chihiro as her family moves into a new home in the suburbs. After her parents are suddenly transformed into pigs and whisked away, Chihiro chases them into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits. Can Chihiro find a way to save her family and return to the human world? And who is the elusive No Face, the masked devourer following her every step?

 

About the podcast:

In the Greene’s Film Podcast, students at Greene’s College Oxford take a look at films and short films and tackle the questions that often go unanswered. Tune in every other Friday!

What did our students think?

Pradnya

 

 

“I think the ending with Haku being the spirit river took me out of it – I found it quite rushed and wasn’t explained that well. That was a slightly disappointing aspect, but otherwise I really enjoyed the themes, the animation, and the three green heads!”

Rory

 

 

“It is classic Studio Ghibli – influential, renowned. I didn’t mind some of the incoherent aspects of the movie, I liked how the movie takes fantastical aspects and treats them as everyday parts of life. I also enjoyed how it doesn’t adhere to a typical narrative – the climax of the movie occurs with thirty minutes to spare, and the plot continues on! Loved it, although slightly long.”

Dominic

 

 

“It’s that good. The film has a re-watchable factor to it and I really enjoy the soundtrack too!”

Johnnie

 

 

“The only real issue that I can take with it, like Konstantin, is that there are other Studio Ghibli movies that I prefer. I’m not going to give it that elusive 10/10, but I think that it doesn’t really put a foot wrong.”

ANGUS

 

 

“It’s a beautiful film, very well made, a definite passion project, and the themes of the movie are well explored.’

konstantin

 

 

“Although it’s a great movie, I prefer some of Miyazaki’s other Studio Ghibli films a bit more – like Porco Rosso!”

Ethan

 

 

“I really liked this movie. Minus two points as I prefer different art styles and also I found the Japanese dubbing to be slightly odd – the voice actors seemed quite inexperienced, perhaps due to their age.”

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