Chihiro and her parents are moving to a small Japanese town in the countryside, much to Chihiro’s dismay. On the way to their new home, Chihiro’s father makes a wrong turn and drives down a lonely one-lane road which dead-ends in front of a tunnel. Her parents decide to stop the car and explore the area. They go through the tunnel and find an abandoned amusement park on the other side, with its own little town. When her parents see a restaurant with great-smelling food but no staff, they decide to eat and pay later. However, Chihiro refuses to eat and decides to explore the theme park a bit more. She meets a boy named Haku who tells her that Chihiro and her parents are in danger, and they must leave immediately. She runs to the restaurant and finds that her parents have turned into pigs. In addition, the theme park turns out to be a town inhabited by demons, spirits, and evil gods. At the center of the town is a bathhouse where these creatures go to relax. The owner of the bathhouse … Written by Zachary Harper
Chihiro: You don’t remember your name?
Haku: No, but for some reason I remember yours.
Zeniba: Once you do something, you never forget. Even if you can’t remember.
Lin: What’s going on here?
Kamaji: Something you wouldn’t recognize. It’s called love.
Chihiro: I promise I’ll be back, Haku. You can’t die.
Lin: What’s going on here?
Kamajii: Don’t you see? It’s called… Love.
Zeniba: Now, try to remember as much as you can about your old life.
Chihiro: For some reason, I can remember Haku… from a long time ago… but I thought I never met him before!
Zeniba: Oh, that’s a wonderful place to start! Once you meet someone, you never really forget them.
Chihiro: Listen, Haku. I don’t remember it, but my mom told me… Once, when I was little, I fell into a river. She said they’d drained it and built things on top. But I’ve just remembered. The river was called… Its name was the Kohaku River. Your real name is Kohaku.
[Haku slowly changes into a boy again, permanently shedding away his white dragon skin. The two are falling from the sky, holding each other’s hands]
Haku: Chihiro, thank you. My real name is Nigihayami Kohaku Nushi.
Haku: Nigihayami Kohaku Nushi.
Chihiro: [starts to cry] What a name. Sounds like a god.
Haku: I remember too, how you fell into me as a child. You had dropped your shoe.
Chihiro: Yes, you carried me to shallow water, Kohaku.
[they put their faces close together, close enough to kiss]
Chihiro: I’m so grateful!
Chihiro: There must be some mistake! None of these pigs are my parents!
Kamajii: [wakes up] Oh, Haku, you’re awake.
Haku: Where’s Sen? What happened? Please, tell me.
Kamajii: Don’t you remember anything?
Haku: Just little pieces. Chihiro kept calling my name in the darkness. I followed her voice and woke up lying here.
Kamajii: Chihiro, huh? Her real name’s Chihiro? Can’t beat the power of love.
Chihiro: Haku, listen. I just remembered something from a long time ago, I think it may help you. Once, when I was little, I dropped my shoe into a river. When I tried to get it back I fell in. I thought I’d drown but the water carried me to shore. It finally came back to me. The river’s name was the Kahaku river. I think that was you, and your real name is Kahaku river.
Haku: You did it, Chihiro! I remember! I was the spirit of the Kahaku river.
Chihiro: A river spirit?
Haku: My name is the Kahaku river.
Chihiro: They filled in that river, it’s all apartments now.
Haku: That must be why I can’t find my way home, Chihiro, I remember you falling into the river, and I remember your little pink shoe.
Chihiro: So, you’re the one who carried me back to shallow water, you saved me… I knew you were good!
Chihiro’s Father: A new home and a new school? It is a bit scary.
Chihiro: I think I can handle it.
Zeniba: The protective seal on my gold charm is gone!
Chihiro: You mean that little black slug? I think I killed in when I stepped on it…
Zeniba: HA HA HA! My sister put that there so she could control Haku… and you killed it! HA HA HA! But it’s strange… only love can remove a seal.
Chihiro: Guys, don’t take that food! We’re gonna get in trouble!
Chihiro’s Father: Don’t worry, you’ve got Daddy with you. He’s got credit cards and cash!
Chihiro: Daddy, are we lost?
Chihiro’s Father: Don’t worry, I’ve got four-wheel drive.
[Chihiro is being called Sen]
Chihiro: Granny… I just want you to know my real name! It’s Chihiro!
Zeniba: Oh, what a pretty name! Be sure to take good care of it, dear!
Chihiro: How did you know my name was Chihiro?
Haku: I have known you since you were very small.
Chihiro: I finally get a bouquet and it’s a goodbye present. That’s depressing.
Zeniba: [about Yubaba] We’re identical twins and exact opposites.
Zeniba: [after turning Boh into a mouse] There. Your body matches your brain.
Haku: Don’t be afraid, I just wanna help you.
Chihiro: [whining] No… no… no… no… no…
Haku: Open your mouth and eat this. If you don’t eat food from this world, you’ll disappear.
No-Face: [offering a bowl of food] Try this. It’s delicious. Want some gold? I’m not giving it to anybody else!
No-Face: Come closer, Sen. What would you like? Just name it.
Chihiro: I would like to leave, sir; there’s some place I need to go to right away, please. You should go back to where you came from. Yubaba doesn’t want you in the bath house any longer. Where is your home? Don’t you have any friends or family?
No-Face: [sulking] No… no… I’m lonely… I’m lonely.
Chihiro: [backing away] What is it that you want?
No-Face: I want Sen… I want Sen…
[shoving a handful of gold in front of her]
No-Face: Take the gold! Take it!
Chihiro: Are you going to eat me?
No-Face: Take it!
[Boh bites him]
No-Face: Huh? Ow.
[attempts to swat Boh, but misses]
Chihiro: If you want to eat me, eat this first. I was going to save it for my parents, but I think you’d better have it.
[feeds No-Face the medicine. No-Face starts to vomit everywhere]
No-Face: …Sen! Sen, what did you do to me?
Aogaeru: Welcome the rich man, he’s hard for you to miss. His butt keeps getting bigger, so there’s plenty there to kiss!
Zeniba: I’m sorry my sister turned you parents into pigs, but there’s nothing I can do. Its just the way things are. You’ll have to help your parents and Haku by yourself. Use what you remember about them.
Chihiro: What? Can’t you please give me more help than that? It feels like I met Haku, but it was a long time ago…
Zeniba: That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
No-Face: Hey, boss! It’s me! I’m hungry! Why don’t you wake everyone up?
Lin: [spots Chihiro in the boiler room] A human! You’re in trouble! You’re the one everyone’s been looking for!
Kamaji: [calmly eating his lunch] She’s my granddaughter.
Aogaeru: [after being spit out by No-Face] What an esophagus!
Zeniba: I’d like to help you, dear, but there’s nothing I can do. It’s one of our rules here. You’ve got to take care of your parents and that dragon boyfriend of yours, on your own.
Chihiro: But, um, can’t you even give me a hint? I feel like Haku and I met, a long time ago.
Zeniba: In that case, it’s easy. Nothing that happens is ever forgotten, even if you can’t remember it.
Zeniba: [Giving Chihiro a hair tie] It will protect you. It’s made from the threads your friends wove together.
Lin: Sen! I’m sorry I called you a dope before… I take it back!
Yubaba: Oh, my baby! Are you all right? Are you emotionally tramautized?
Chihiro’s Father: Look, Chihiro! There’s your new school!
Chihiro’s Mother: It doesn’t look so bad.
Chihiro: It’s gonna stink. I liked my old school.
Chihiro: What are all those stones? They look like little houses.
Chihiro’s Mother: Those are shrines. Some people believe spirits live in them.
Chihiro: [reading a card] I’ll miss you, Chihiro. Your best friend, Rumi.
Chihiro: I’m see-through!
Chihiro: Where is Haku… You better get here before I forget what my parents look like. I hope Dad hasn’t gotten too fat.
Lin: [Chihiro is looking at the wall as the lift goes up] You want to lose your nose?
Zeniba: Where did you learn how to spin, No-Face?
Door Knocker: Aren’t you even going to knock? You’re the most pathetic little girl I’ve ever seen.
Frog Spirit: Lin…
[pushes Chihiro into the elevator to keep her from being seen]
Frog Spirit: I smell something… a human! You smell like a human!
Lin: Oh, really.
Frog Spirit: You’re hiding something, Lin. Come on, spit it out.
Lin: [producing a roasted newt on a stick] Is this what you smell?
Frog Spirit: Roasted newt!
Boh: I’m not afraid of germs. If you don’t play with me, I’ll cry.
Chihiro: Please don’t cry, just wait!
Boh: [starts crying] Right now, or I’ll start crying!
Chihiro: Don’t cry! Don’t cry!
Chihiro: [referring to the Radish Spirit] He’s following us.
Lin: Just don’t look at him.
Zeniba: [Haku breaks the paper bird she came in] Oh, paper cut!
[Splits in two and disappears]
Lin: Sen! Sen, where are you?
Chihiro: [from beside the Stink Spirit] Over here!
Lin: Don’t worry… stay right where you are, I’m coming to get you! You’re gonna be fine, I won’t let him hurt you.
Chihiro: I think he needs help! It feels like there’s a thorn in his side!
Yubaba: [to Haku] What did you do with my baby?
Chihiro’s Father: Everybody, watch your step.
Chihiro’s Mother: Chihiro, don’t cling like that. You’ll make me trip.