In a scene from Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 film Spirited Away, Chihiro (voiced for its China run by Zhou Dongyu) runs away after being released from a resort for supernatural beings. The film has broken box office records in China.

Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away sets China box office record, trumps Toy Story 4, 18 years after rest of world saw it

  • Anime master Hayao Miyazaki’s second film to get a belated cinematic release in China, Spirited Away has biggest opening weekend ever there for a Japanese film
  • Story of a girl who moves to a city’s suburbs and enters a supernatural realm has taken US$33 million in five days, more than double sales for Pixar’s new film
Topic |   Asian cinema: Japanese films

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In a scene from Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 film Spirited Away, Chihiro (voiced for its China run by Zhou Dongyu) runs away after being released from a resort for supernatural beings. The film has broken box office records in China.
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Moxy (front, voiced by Kelly Clarkson) and friends in a still from UglyDolls. Pitbull and Ice T voice other parts.

UglyDolls film review: animated feature inspired by plush toys lacks personality to truly stand out

  • Film sets out to teach us to appreciate ourselves and others for who we are on the inside, but other films have done the same with more subtlety and nuance
  • Unremarkable and derivative, not even a stellar voice cast led by Kelly Clarkson can lift this film above the mundane. It’s no match for the Toy Story franchise
Topic |   American films

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Moxy (front, voiced by Kelly Clarkson) and friends in a still from UglyDolls. Pitbull and Ice T voice other parts.
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