Spirited Away
Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
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Sen with Rin

What is the relationship between humans and kami?

Haku taking Chihiro into the bathhouse surrounded by various kami
No Face (Kaonashi)
Chihiro discovers that her parents have turned into pigs

How do issues of "purity" affect this relationship?

Sen/Chihiro "purifies" the river spirit by pulling out the human pollution
Only Sen shows no greed with No Face (Kaonashi)
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Kohaku saves Chihiro when she falls into the river

What is the ideal relationship between the two realms?

Scene from Spirited Away
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The entrance to the spirit realm

Can humans bridge the gap between the two realms ...
and if so, how?

Haku feeds Sen so that she can make the transition to the kami realm
Susuwatari (Soot)
Torii from the beginning of Spirited Away

Does the film promote Shinto beliefs
or should it be regarded as a work of fantasy?

According to Miyazaki, “In my grandparents’ time ... it was believed that spirits [kami] existed everywhere — in trees, rivers, insects, wells, anything. My generation does not believe this, but I like the idea that we should all treasure everything because spirits might exist there, and we should treasure everything because there is a kind of life to everything.” (Shinto Perspectives, 7)
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