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ERIC Number: EJ910870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0005-3503
Finding the Spirit Within: A Critical Analysis of Film Techniques in "Spirited Away"
Cooper, Damon
Babel, v45 n1 p30-37 Nov 2010
In 2008 the New South Wales Board of Studies included Hayao Miyazaki's film "Spirited Away" as the prescribed text for the Higher School Certificate Japanese Extension course. A study of the film in this context requires students to engage with the text in three distinct ways: through language, cultural symbolism and relevance, and detailed analysis of cinematic devices. This article presents a critical analysis of the prescribed extracts to provide teachers and students with a sound technical understanding of the cinematic devices used to create and communicate meaning. This analysis will sit alongside an exploration of aspects of Japanese language and culture to create a rich understanding of the issues prescribed by the Board of Studies. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations. Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia. Tel: +61-29351-2022; e-mail:; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia