November 16th, 2002

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How much I love Hayao Miyazaki

When you were a kid, did you ever read a book that you loved so much that you just wanted to sit down and write it all over again, yourself? Just sit down with a pen and paper and write the words, copy them out of the text, because you loved them so much ... because they touched and moved you so deeply.

I've never felt that way about a movie. Until now.

The hubby and I went to see "Spirited Away" tonight. Oh. My. God. I loved Hayao Miyazaki before seeing this film, but ... now? Now I'm speechless. I honestly don't know how to describe this film in words.

I thought I might very well like this movie more than "Princess Mononoke," but I didn't think there was even a remote chance that I would enjoy it more than "My Neighbor Totoro" ... but I did.

Miyazaki weaves such incredible tapestries of folk tale and mythology and modern life and what looks to me like Toaist philosophy. Chihiro, the young heroine of "Spirited Away," is not a Hollywood character. She is kind and afraid and brave and generous and compassionate. She is quietly, gently, lovingly strong.

She is the person I try to be, every day of my life. And I'm so grateful to Hayao Miyazaki for showing her as a heroine.
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