Spirited Away: Live on Stage


Adventure / Family / Fantasy

IMDb Rating 8.7/10 10 285 285

Plot summary

A young girl named Chihiro finds herself trapped in a mysterious world inhabited by spirits and when her parents are turned into pigs, she must rescue them. The movie version of the stage production was filmed during the play’s 2022 run at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo.

November 15, 2023 at 01:32 PM


John Caird

Top cast

Kanna Hashimoto as Chihiro / Sen
1.46 GB
Japanese 2.0
23.976 fps
2 hr 42 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by sparklemeandu-09047 8 / 10

A Wonderful Reimagining of a Classic Anime Movie

This movie is the stage play version of the classic anime 'Spirited Away.' The sets were amazing, the costumes were true to the characters, the dancing and songs were wonderful and the acting was superb! If you love the original anime movie, this is definitely a "don't miss this or you will regret it" film. I hope that this version will be eventually be available on DVD, because it is one that I would definitely love to own. But the real experience is to watch it on the "big screen" with a vat of popcorn and a drink in a theater (even with a mask on), it is worth it! Take your older kids, they will fall in love with Chihiro's bravery and determination all over again.

Reviewed by freespeechorama 10 / 10

Excellent Adaptation

This was a well thought out, well paced, well cast, and well designed play! It was based on the cartoon and might not appeal or make sense if you haven't seen the original, and that's fine. It's meant for fans! We were impressed by the creative solutions to physically complex characters and scenery, particularly no-face and the train. The people working the large costumes and puppets faded away as the story unfolded. The cast was top notch, dancing, singing, full of amazing energy. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire performance and the music was amazing, coming from a hidden orchestra revealed at the end. I recommend this play to anyone who loves the movie and Studio Ghibli productions.

Reviewed by publichank 9 / 10

WONDERFUL stage play from the animated film

You can safely ignore the idiot who wrote that this play was "too reliant" on the movie. What would you expect at an attempt to tell the same story, but on a stage, theatrically?

Everyone involved in this rose magnificently to the challenge.

This is a magical telling of the story, done with real imagination and tremendous skill. Every actor and actress is perfectly on point, the music and dancing are all superb, and every detail enhances the overall impression.

To give just one example, look at what the play does with the character of "NoFace." A dancer plays the part, in a black kaftan and a large mask. Without a word spoken, every move of the woman who does this builds a slow portrait of an alien presence that goes from threatening to scary to poignant.

To portray the fantasy world of the story the director uses puppetry and magic tricks and dance (like NoFace) and lighting effects in endless, inventive ways. It delights you simply in the profligacy of its invention.

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