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Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Hauru no ugoku shiro (original title)
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When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director:

Hayao Miyazaki

Writers:

Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay), Diana Wynne Jones (novel) (as Daiana Win Jônzu)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chieko Baishô Chieko Baishô ... Sofî (voice)
Takuya Kimura ... Hauru (voice)
Akihiro Miwa Akihiro Miwa ... Arechi no Majo (voice)
Tatsuya Gashûin ... Karushifâ (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Marukuru (voice)
Mitsunori Isaki Mitsunori Isaki ... Koshô (voice)
Yô Ôizumi ... Kakashi no Kabu (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Kokuô (voice)
Daijirô Harada Daijirô Harada ... Hin (voice)
Haruko Katô ... Sariman (voice)
Jean Simmons ... Grandma Sophie (voice)
Christian Bale ... Howl (voice)
Lauren Bacall ... Witch of the Waste (voice)
Blythe Danner ... Madame Suliman (voice)
Emily Mortimer ... Young Sophie (voice)
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Storyline

A love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Howl's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl's fire demon, named Karishifâ. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Howl, then Karushifâ will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape. Written by Sophie Ball

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for frightening images and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Welsh author Diana Wynne Jones. See more »

Goofs

Sophie's top ribbon doesn't always reappear when she transforms back into her younger self. See more »

Quotes

Howl: I feel terrible, like there's a weight on my chest.
Young Sophie: A heart's a heavy burden.
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Connections

Referenced in Rango (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Sekai no Yakusoku
Written by Yumi Kimura
Performed by Chieko Baisho
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Beautiful
23 September 2018 | by kbowes-23399See all my reviews

A very cinematically beautiful film with characters you just fall in love with. I won't lie, the plot is very hard to follow. If you've read the book, you can tell that miyazaki focused less on following the plot, more on making the film beautiful to watch, and as a result we are left with a story that has huge chunks missing and frankly doesn't make a lot of sense in places. But I'm not mad, because it is very, very beautiful to watch.


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Official Sites:

Disney [United States]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

17 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Howl's Moving Castle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$427,987, 12 June 2005

Gross USA:

$5,576,743

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$236,212,992
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Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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