Spirited Away And I
Im not sure if i am the only one who has experienced this;
One of the first films i ever watched was Spirited Away (I am 14 and have recently finished my journey through every single Hayao Miyazaki film) and a few years after watching it i had lost almost all memory of doing so. But through out my primary school life i had recurring dream/nightmares involving the character Noface and Yubaba’s bath house. I passed these dreams off as my imagination and thought nothing more of them. However i constantly had the vaguest idea that what i was dreaming about was a film i had watched when i was younger. With this thought in mind i questioned my Dad about the film he said he had no idea about what i was talking about. (my description must have been very poor as he too is a huge fan of the film and can easily identify it when its being described) Due to my Dad’s shared cluelessness i gave up my search for the source of my mysterious dreams once again. However a year or so later when sorting through my families colossal DVD collection i found the box for spirited away. At the time i did not realise this was the film which contained the material my childhood dreams were based off however i did have an interest in the film. So i put the disc in and watched the film. Upon the realisation that this film had been in the back of my mind for so many years i began to cry with joy. It is very rare that i do cry in happiness but this film made me. I remember vividly i watched Spirited Away every day for a week after being reunited with it and each time i discovered a new layer to the film.
Spirited Away is a true masterpiece and is by far my favourite film ever created. Not only is it an astonishing cinematic experience it dragged me on an almost decade long journey to rediscover it and for that it earns bonus points for sentimental value.