Miyazaki's Spirited Away, now released in the US, is simply gorgeous. It combines a wonderful look with a truly haunting visual vocabulary, familiar perhaps to Japanese kids but wonderfully alien to me. Delightful. (RottenTomatoes | Ebert | Miyazaki site)
Is the notion of a bath house of the spirits an innovation, or is this an old tale? How does it relate to the Zuñi dance hall of the dead, where the kachinas live when they go home?