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'Spirited Away' to hit the stage across Japan starring Kanna Hashimoto, Mone Kamishiraishi

This combination photo shows actors Kanna Hashimoto, left, and Mone Kamishiraishi, who will cover the role of the main character Chihiro in the stage play "Spirited Away." (Photo courtesy of Toho Co.)

TOKYO -- Toho Co. announced on Feb. 26 that it will be adapting Hayao Miyazaki's hit animated feature film "Spirited Away" for the stage starting next year. The main character, Chihiro, will be played by actors Kanna Hashimoto, 22, and Mone Kamishiraishi, 23.

    This is the first stage adaptation of "Spirited Away." It will be directed by John Caird, 72, who wrote and directed the world premiere of the stage version of "Les Miserables."

    "Spirited Away" depicts a young girl, Chihiro, who wanders into another world and grows up through various experiences to return to the human world while working at a bathhouse visited by the gods.

    The movie was released in 2001 and grossed 31.68 billion yen (approx. $298 million) in Japan, topping the box office until it was surpassed by "Demon Slayer -- Kimetsu no Yaiba -- The Movie: Mugen Train" in December 2020.

    The show is scheduled to be staged across Japan, starting with performances at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo in February and March 2022, followed by Osaka in April, Fukuoka in May, Sapporo in June, and Nagoya in June and July.

    (Japanese original by Shoko Kodama, Cultural News Department)

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