This animated film is a perfect introduction to Studio Ghibli and renowned director Hayao Miyazaki, who’s other well-known works include “Howl’s Moving Castle,” “My Neighbor Totoro,” and “Princess Mononoke.”
It’s a coming-of-age story about a spoiled, impetuous young girl, Chihiro, who becomes trapped in the land of spirits and is on a quest to rescue her parents. While she works to free herself and her parents from the land of spirits and return to the outside world, she discovers friendship, magic, strength and more.
The characters are hallucinatory, spellbinding, and sometimes grotesque, and will bring you quite a bit of insight into Japanese mythology.
Be aware that because the dreamlike imagery borders on nightmarish, some scenes can be a bit creepy for younger movie watchers, such as one character being swallowed whole, Chihiro’s parents turning into pigs, and an injured dragon who is her friend nearly bleeding to death.