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A Comparative Study on Hayao Miyazaki’s “The Spiriting Away of Sen and Chihiro” and the Korean folk tale “Simcheongjeon”

  • 日本硏究
  • 2020, (52), pp.131-148
  • DOI : 10.20404/jscau.2020.02.52.131
  • Publisher : The Center for Japanese Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : December 31, 2019
  • Accepted : January 29, 2020
  • Published : February 20, 2020

Kim HwaYoung 1

1수원과학대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Sen and Chihiro was made by Hayao Miyazaki, who is a master director in the Japanese Animation fields. It was released in Japan in 2001 and with the title of The Spiriting Away of Sen and Chihiro in Korea the following year. This movie received rave reviews from critics and won support and praise from various audiences thanks to the exquisite harmony of its heart-moving plots and music. This animation consists of a few stories, which are undergoing strange experiences based on the story that a young daughter saves her foolish parents. It is hugely interesting that the plot of the movie and Korean folk tale, Simcheongjeon are just alike. Chihiro’s experiences in Yuya are very similar to Simcheong’s in the underwater palace of the Sea God. Also, that the Water serves as a medium can be the similarity between two works. Through a comparative study of these two works, this thesis will redefine the works of Hayao Miyazaki.

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