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The Natural World of Studio Ghibli:
Spirited Away

Sat / Aug 24, 2024 - 8:00PM

The remarkable Oscar-winning coming-of-age fantasy touches down at The Ford.

Gate time:
6:30 PM

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About this Performance

Spirited Away, 2001
In Japanese with English subtitles

Combining Japanese mythology with Alice in Wonderland-type whimsy, Spirited Away earned Hayao Miyazaki an Academy Award, holds the record for the second-largest box office in Japan, and opened Western audiences to the possibility of animation. Chihiro thinks she is on another boring trip with her parents. But when they stop at a village that is not all that it seems, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits, shape-shifting dragons, and a witch who never wants to see her leave. She must call on the courage she never knew she had to free herself and return her family to the outside world. 

The Natural World of Studio Ghibli celebrates the legendary animation studios’ thematic explorations of natural environments, our relationship with nature, and the spiritual aspect of the natural world. Miyazaki’s films invite audiences into fantastical worlds, filled with memorable characters, heartfelt storytelling, and iconic scores by Joe Hisaishi that have earned Academy Awards and fans worldwide. Experience classic Studio Ghibli films screened in Japanese with English subtitles set in the natural outdoor beauty of The Ford. 

This program is a collaboration with the LA Phil Insight initiative, generously supported by Linda and David Shaheen.

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