Cinema presents acclaimed anime movie ‘Spirited Away’

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Cinema Capitol, 230 W. Dominick St., will present the Japanese animated movie “Spirited Away” Friday through Thursday. There will be both Japanese-language and English-language show times.

Released in 2001, the movie was directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli. Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a seemingly abandoned amusement park. After her mother and father are turned into giant pigs, 10-year-old Chihiro meets the mysterious Haku, who explains that the park is a resort for supernatural beings who need a break from their time spent in the earthly realm, and that she must work there to free herself and her parents.

Upon its theatrical release, it became the most successful Japanese movie in history and it is frequently ranked among the greatest animated films ever made. It won Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards; the Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival; and is in the top 10 on the British Film Institute’s list of Top 50 films for children up to the age of 14.

In 2016, it was voted the fourth best film of the 21st century as picked by 177 film critics from around the world, making it the highest ranking animated film on the list. It was also named the second “Best Film of the 21st Century So Far” in 2017 by the New York Times.

The New Yorker writes “It’s an amazing work, filled with a visual intelligence that’s meticulously composed and obscenely clever,” while the Chicago Reader writes that the movie is “Enchanting and impressively crafted.” 

The movie runs 140 minutes and is rated PG. Admission is $7, $6 for students and military and $5 for Capitol Friends. Tickets are available at the door and in advance from the Capitol Theatre box office (315-337-6453) and online at www.romecapitol.com.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 4 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m. and Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m.

Most show times of this movie will be presented in Japanese with English subtitles, while the Saturday and Sunday 4 show times will be dubbed in English.

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