Howl's Moving Castle Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for Howl's Moving Castle the Movie

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More eye-popping anime from Miyazaki. Young wizard Howl (Bale) and his moveable castle travel around the countryside to avoid his enemy, the Witch of the Waste (Bacall). When Howl rescues Sophie (Mortimer) from thugs, the jealous Witch turns her into an old woman (now voiced by Simmons). Sophie appoints herself the castle housekeeper and encounters various strange characters and many adventures. There's a lot of plot but it's the visuals that will keep attention riveted. Adapted from Diana Wynne Jones' 2000 fantasy novel. There is also a Japanese-language version.


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Available on DVD
Running time 120 minutes.
Originally from Japanese.

Cast and Crew

Animated Sci-Fi, Demons & Wizards, Fantasy, Sci Fi, Anime, Witchcraft, War, General
Hayao Miyazaki
Atsushi Okui
Hayao Miyazaki
Joe Hisaishi
Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Josh Hutcherson, Billy Crystal, Jena Malone, Liliana Mumy, Shuji Inoue, Takeshi Seyama, Yozi Takeshige, Noboru Yoshida
Toshio Suzuki, Studio Ghibli, Toho Films


L.A. Film Critics 2005: Orig. Score; N.Y. Film Critics 2005: Animated Film.

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