This weekend has been rough for me. Even though I am still cancer-free, in an effort to keep me that way, my doctor started me on a new anti-cancer drug. I had some bad reactions, got sick, and canceled my plans for Sunday.
While I’m laid up and can’t do much, I wanted to get my mind off my body not feeling well. I looked for something to cheer me up and chose the animated fantasy movie Spirited Away, which won the Oscar in 2003 and was created by Studio Ghibli. I find their anime movies uplifting.
Spirited Away is about a 10-year-old girl named Chihiro who is traveling with her parents to their new home. Her father gets lost taking a short cut and they find a strange place. Her parents want to explore it, though Chihiro doesn’t want to because of the creepy feeling it gives her. When they continue, she goes with them. They find an unoccupied restaurant. Chihiro won’t eat, but her parents are starving. They are turned into pigs by eating the strange but “very delicious” food. As night falls and the supernatural beings of the place reveal themselves, Chihiro must summon all her courage to rescue her parents from a land of spirits.
What do I love about this movie? I love the use of Japanese folklore. I love that she is an ordinary girl from the modern world. Every detail amazes me. Chihiro can be anyone who is going against enormous odds to rescue their loved ones.
If you are under the weather or just a little down, I highly recommend Spirited Away.
All the best,
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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