Spirited Away
Joe Hisaishi

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It's the most profitable Japanese film of all time — but where does Joe Hisaishi's soundtrack to Spirited Away fit into the success?

The soundtrack's composer, Joe Hisaishi, is a veteran of the Japanese progressive rock scene, but here he takes a rather more traditional and accessible route. There are numerous highlights, like the gorgeous 'One Summer's Day' with its simple piano lines and delicate string accompaniment, or the foreboding atmosphere of 'The Sixth Shop' — but they're all held together by gentle piano lines from Hisaishi. His orchestrations are light and add colour, but the piano remains at the centre throughout the whole film.