Spirited Away (BFI Film Classics)

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Offers a study of the Japanese anime film, "Spirited Away". This book explores the creative thought process behind the animations and language used, and how the issues raised relate to modern Japan.
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ISBN-13: 9781844572304
ISBN-10: 1844572307
Pagini: 128
Ilustrații: color images
Dimensiuni: 135 x 190 x 11 mm
Greutate: 0.2 kg
Ediția: 2008
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția British Film Institute
Seria BFI Film Classics

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

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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
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.


Spirited Away is Japan's most successful film, and one of the top-grossing 'foreign language' films ever released

Notă biografică

Andrew Osmond is a journalist and critic based in Berkshire, UK. He is the author of Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist (2009); 100 Animated Feature Films (BFI Publishing, 2010) and Ghost in the Shell (2017).


AcknowledgementsForeword to the 2020 edition1. Being Spirited Away2. On the Train3. Background4. The Origins of Spirited Away5. Into the Woods: The Journey Begins6. In the Bathhouse7. Adventures in Wonderland8. ConclusionNotesCredits


The kind of poetic, insightful examination that Spirited Away deserves.
Osmond has done a fine job of conveying the sometimes complex traits of the film that have confused many Western (and Japanese) audiences since the film debuted in 2001 ... overall, the book is a definite must-read companion to the film. It does an excellent job of stripping away some of the layers and, at least for myself, has lead to a clearer understanding of the film.
Persuasively and fluidly written.