It's better late than never, right?
Chinese fans of the critically-acclaimed Japanese animated film Spirited Away might just be on cloud nine right now since the movie has finally been scheduled for a June 21 release in Chinese mainland.
on cloud nine：非常高兴，沉浸在幸福之中
Yes, it's late, 18 years late to be exact, not to mention lots of people have seen it already, but who cares? Fans are probably just happy to be able to see the animation on the big screen.
The movie made by Studio Ghibli was originally released in 2001 and quickly garnered fame around the world for the captivating and thrilling story it offers.
It follows the adventures of a 10-year old girl named Chihiro, voiced by the adorable Zhou Dongyu, as she wanders around the spirit world to bring her parents back to their original form after turning into pigs.
In the magical world, she encounters challenges and a cunning witch, voiced by Wang Lin, who wants to keep Chihiro as her servant forever. She also meets a boy named Haku, voiced by Jing Boran, who will help her through the journey. Peng Yuchang gives life to Kaonashi, and Tian Zhuanhzhuang takes the role of Kamaji.
Spirited Away was the first ever animated film to win an Academy award. Spirited Away won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003.
“Spirited Away” remains to this day the only non-English language title to earn the Best Animated Feature trophy.
It is also the highest-grossing film in Japanese history. The anime grossed over $275 million in Japan during its initial release, out-grossing such box office behemoths as James Cameron’s Titanic.
Studio Ghibli films have remained popular in China.
It's currently the second Studio Ghibli film to make its way in China, the first being My Neighbor Totoro which was digitally remastered and shown in Chinese mainland cinemas last December.
Anime has long been popular with Chinese audiences and $83 million of Your Name’s total gross came from the Chinese mainland.
The Totoro release was a huge box office success with more than $26 million, and Spirited Away is widely expected to perform even better given its enduring popularity.