GHIBLI BOSS HAYAO MIYAZARI IS SO HANDS-ON HE'S EVEN BEEN KNOWN TO COOK NOODLES FOR HIS ENTIRE STAFF AT THE END OF A HARD WORKING DAY
Spirited Away is like experiencing Alice in Wonderland or Star Wars for the first time
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Studio (ihibli films eoine to us from another etilture. and the experience of \x'atehing them is like hearing a new story as a ehild. Think of the ﬁrst time you experienced T/it’ ll'imrd of 0: or Alive In li'underlund or Star Him. They're that good. And .\Ii_\'a/ari'.s still not retiring. eurrently at his desk direeting an adaptation of Diane Wynne Jones‘ hook Hun/K .ilui‘mu Cast/(l.
So eome and join me in the corners at parties. and let's talk about ships that ﬂy oxer rainbows. castles in the sk). and the places u here the spirits come to rest. Look at the pietures. and let‘s get Spirited:lii'ui;
Spirited Away opens on selected release from Fri 12 Sep. See review, page 25.
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