Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away Returns To Cinemas For The 20th Anniversary

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Melbourne, Australia, 8 July 2021 – Madman Anime Group is pleased to announce Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar®-winning masterpiece, Spirited Away, will return to cinemas across Australia from July 22nd, in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

The biggest box office hit of all time in Japan (surpassed only recently by Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train), Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away helped redefine the possibilities of animation for Western audiences and a generation of new filmmakers. Combining Japanese mythology with Alice in Wonderland-type whimsy, Spirited Away cemented Miyazaki’s reputation as an icon of animation and storytelling.

First released in 2001, Spirited Away is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation. Since its release, the film has gone on to win multiple awards including Best Animation of the Year at the 2002 Tokyo Anime Awards, Best Animated Film at the 2002 New York Film Critics Circle Awards and Best Animated Feature at the 2003 Academy Awards, among several others.

To further commemorate the 20th Anniversary celebrations, a limited run of 20th Anniversary ‘No-Face’ Pins will be available* on opening day at participating locations.

For more information and cinema locations please visit: spiritedaway.com.au

*While stocks last.

 About The Film

Spirited Away follows ten year old Chihiro, whose family is moving to a new house. When they stop on the way to their new home to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress, Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world.

About Studio Ghibli

Founded in 1985 by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, Studio Ghibli is one of the most acclaimed animation studios in the world, and the home of some of the most revered and beloved animated works to have ever graced the screen. 

About Madman Anime Group 

For 25 years Madman Anime Group has been the home of Japanese animated content in Australia and New Zealand. With the region’s most comprehensive library of anime titles, Madman Anime Group distributes content in cinemas, via streaming on AnimeLab, on Blu-ray

and DVD as well as a range of digital platforms. Madman Anime Group also hosts Anime Festival, Australia’s largest dedicated anime festival event. 

Madman is a subsidiary of Funimation Global Group,an independently operated joint venture between U.S.-based Sony Pictures Entertainment and Japan’s Aniplex, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

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