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'Spirited Away' to hit theaters in China in sign of Japan thaw

Beijing green-lights film ahead of Xi's visit to Japan

A scene from "Spirited Away," which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.   © 2001 Nibariki-TGNDDTM

BEIJING -- "Spirited Away," the Oscar-winning animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, will appear in Chinese theaters nearly 20 years after its initial release as Beijing works to improve bilateral relations.

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