It’s better late than never, right?
Chinese fans of the critically-acclaimed Japanese animated film Spirited Away might just be on cloud nine right now since the movie has finally been scheduled for a June 21 release in China. Yes, it’s late, 18 years late to be exact, not to mention lots of people have seen it already, but who cares? Fans are probably just happy to be able to see the animation on the big screen.
The new movie posters for the film keep coming and I’m in awe of its beauty. I believe that some of the posters have not been used for previous promotion in other countries. I like that the voice actors basically dressed as their parts.
The movie made by Studio Ghibli was originally released in 2001 and quickly garnered fame around the world for the captivating and thrilling story it offers. It follows the adventures of a 10-year old girl named Chihiro, voiced by the adorable Zhou Dongyu, as she wanders around the spirit world to bring her parents back to their original form after turning into pigs.
In the magical world, she encounters challenges and a cunning witch, voiced by Wang Lin, who wants to keep Chihiro as her servant forever. She also meets a boy named Haku, voiced by Jing Boran, who will help her through the journey. Peng Yuchang gives life to my personal favorite, Kaonashi, and Tian Zhuanhzhuang takes the role of Kamaji.
Spirited Away was the first ever animated film to win an Academy award. It is also the highest-grossing film in Japanese history. It’s currently the second Studio Ghibli film to make its way in China, the first being My Neighbor Totoro which was digitally remastered and shown in Chinese cinemas last December.
If the news I hear are true, then it seems like three more of Studio Ghibli films are heading their way to the country. It’s definitely high time for it.