This expertise, coupled with his childhood guilt, would lead him to write certain subject matter into many of his films. In my analysis, I will be focusing on mise-en-scene and cinematography in Spirited Away. Shadowy passengers litter the train, the shadowy figures are paying no attention to them and are merely sitting down staring forwards, perhaps this image is set to mirror the way regular people experience a train ride, with everyone around them mere shadowy figures that pay no importance in their life. I was so fortunate to meet Miyazaki at the 2002 Toronto film festival. A great coming-of-age story, a quirky yet layered set of characters, fantastic animation that stays true to traditional methods while incorporating digital technology and a superb score by Joe Hisaishi all combine to make it a very enjoyable film yet at the same time remain an emotional tale. Cut to a two shot of Chihiro looking towards her intended seat, before sitting down and beckoning No-face to do the same.
These texts demonstrate the importance of inner journeys, demonstrating how journeys result in knowledge of their own nature and the world around them. We see an almost endless spread of water, with Chihiro framed centrally walking towards the clouds we can see in the distance. When he sees Chihiro as someone who stands above all of this chaos, he is filled with a strange sort of infatuation for her, almost as if she is like a diamond in the rough. The reason why she is angry and sad is because she misses her old friends in her old school. The train is like an ordinary world completely mirroring human transportation suggesting that the human and spirit world are very similar in many ways.
Watching the film a second time the creativity was equally refreshing. Chihiro has a large respect for rules, when her parents eat at a restaurant, she refuses. We see the bathhouse in the background and Baby Boh with Yubaba bird in the foreground looking at a bug. Sen makes her way through this world, befriended by some, shunned by others, threatened by Yubaba, learning as she goes. Miyazaki, in contrast, offers complexity. This theme culminates as two of the greatest scenes Miyazaki has ever created. Thought are fleeting, unless they are caught, they dissappear.
This is my first blog post and I have put my coursework analysis of the 4 minute train scene in spirited away. Because it can be shared, she too, can bestow it unto others, as if to put her own strength of heart and purity into others to purge them of the noise of the bathhouse. In the distant forest they see a light approaching. Chihiro herself is extremely unpleasant at first, and she reveals her better nature only after she becomes Sen. And to follow the path of children's emotions and feelings as we make a film. But at dusk, some of the shops seem to reopen, especially a food shop whose fragrances steam into the cool air. Chihiro and her parents are driving to their new home in a strange town.
This portrays the lack of harmony and peace which also enhances fear in. Its original Japanese title can be translated as The Spiriting Away of Sen and Chihiro or Sen and the Spiriting Away of Chihiro. When Chihiro opens the door for him in the rain, she is performing a subtle ritual of initiation, establishing an indirect bond with No-Face, although unbeknownst to her. The small stone shrines that belonged to the sprits beside her, she shoved herself back up on shaking legs half bowed to them and ran again. As a result, his family found ease with the great wealth that they shared in, which young Miyazaki was sometimes troubled by. Write for talk without being interrupted.
Haku and Yubaba understand the power of words from the beginning, and Haku repeatedly warns Chihiro not to allow Yubaba to distract her from her goal of requesting a job. I did a little reading on this theme of the film; Miyazaki was making a commentary on the detrimental effects of capitalism, all within the contexts of a movie geared towards ten year olds. His backgrounds are rich in detail, his canvas embraces space liberally, and it is all drawn with meticulous attention. If only our spiritual life can be measured by our physical size- the fatter and bigger we are- the more we'd realise the danger of all the bad stuffs food, entertainment, greed, hatred, jealousy, abstract friends' influences,etc we partake that when accumulated harms our spirit and soul. A small smile graced her lips, the first in many years, she continued to sleep mindless of the rain beating down on her or the rumbling thunder in the dark sky above her. No-Face sips on a cup of tea, almost serenely with a slight expression of delight on his mask. The conversation about our past as original and newcomer peoples must be expanded to include this truth.
Nobody is left without certain feelings and specific thoughts provoked by the story. . But Miyazaki gives his bathhouse his complexity of a real place, which possesses attributes whether or not the immediate story requires them. Realizing that the bathhouse is what makes him crazy, she knows it is best to take him as far as possible from there. No-Face is purged of all the darkness of the Bathhouse, regurgitating everything that he had absorbed as he follows Chihiro. Will we be able to pass on our world view to our children in our own languages? Haku, a mysterious boy, helps hide her from this unfamiliar and dangerous spirit world.
John Lasseter also deserves an honourable mention for handling the better than usual English dub. Chihiro knows his intentions were good even though he was lost and misguided, this shows that Chihiro whilst being affirmative and sometimes harsh also has her kind side. I write, because I forget my thoughts easily. In 1985, Miyazaki joined forces with fellow anime director and writer, Isao Takahata, to create Studio Ghibli. But he personally draws thousands of frames by hand.
That is why it plays so powerfully for adult viewers. She becomes determined to regain her name and return to the mainland on a daily train which only runs one way. She is finally turning her back on the bathhouse and will not return for the rest of the film, showing us that her goals are set and she knows what she has to do now. From the first scene of a girl and her parents in the car till the last scene of the same girl and her parents, every person re-lives the story with the characters and feels all the emotions they feel. Here is when she recalls her meeting with him earlier — when she was a kid she fell into the river and this dragon Haku initially saved her.