I love Studio Ghibli films, too! I have to say that Spirited Away has never been one of my favorites, when compared to the other films the studio has put out. I love Porco Rosso and Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Sky…and Whisper of the Heart…and Up On Poppy Hill. So, I love most of them.
I never have noticed, though, all the symbolism you have pointed out in Spirited Away. I’ve seen the feature several times and still have missed so much. I think I’ll need to go back and watch it over to see what I can notice if I pay closer attention. I’m glad to find another person who appreciates Miyazaki films as much as I do.
Thanks for sharing.
Nigihayami Kohakunushi (literally, God of the Swift Amber River) also known as Haku. Correct? He's the young boy in the anime film Spirited Away.
In North America, the film was released on DVD and VHS formats by Buena Vista Home Entertainment on April 15, 2003. The attention brought by the Oscar win resulted in the film becoming a strong seller. The bonus features include Japanese trailers, a making-of documentary which originally aired on Nippon Television, interviews with the North American voice actors, a select storyboard-to-scene comparison and The Art of Spirited Away, a documentary narrated by actor Jason Marsden.