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Howl no Ugoku Shiro


Alternative Titles

English: Howl's Moving Castle
Japanese: ハウルの動く城

Information

Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 20, 2004
Producers: d-rights, Tokuma Shoten
Licensors: Walt Disney Studios
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 57 min.
Rating: G - All Ages

Statistics

Score: 8.741 (scored by 273,217 users)
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Ranked: #382
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Popularity: #84
Members: 385,730
Favorites: 8,117
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Synopsis

That jumbled piece of architecture, that cacophony of hissing steam and creaking joints, with smoke billowing from it as it moves on its own... That castle is home to the magnificent wizard Howl, infamous for both his magical prowess and for being a womanizer—or so the rumor goes in Sophie Hatter's small town. Sophie, as the plain daughter of a hatmaker, does not expect much from her future and is content with working hard in the shop.

However, Sophie's simple life takes a turn for the exciting when she is ensnared in a disturbing situation, and the mysterious wizard appears to rescue her. Unfortunately, this encounter, brief as it may be, spurs the vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste—in a fit of jealousy caused by a past discord with Howl—to put a curse on the maiden, turning her into an old woman.

In an endeavor to return to normal, Sophie must accompany Howl and a myriad of eccentric companions—ranging from a powerful fire demon to a hopping scarecrow—in his living castle, on a dangerous adventure as a raging war tears their kingdom apart.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Background

Howl No Ugoku Shiro premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2004 and was later released to Japanese theaters in November, making it one of only three Studio Ghibli films not to be released in July.

In 2004 the film won the Osella Awards for Technical Achievement in the 61st Venice Film Festival, the Best Japanese Movie Overall in the Mainichi Film Awards and an Excellence Prize, Animation in the Japan Media Arts Festival. In 2005 the film won the Animation of the Year in the Tokyo International Anime Fair and the Audience Award in the Maui Film Festival.

In 2006 it was nominated for the Best Animated Feature in the 78th Academy Award, but lost to the movie Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.


Characters & Voice Actors

Howl
Main
Kimura, Takuya
Japanese
Hatter, Sophie
Main
Baisho, Chieko
Japanese
Calcifer
Supporting
Gashuin, Tatsuya
Japanese
Turnip Head
Supporting
Oizumi, Yo
Japanese
Markl
Supporting
Kamiki, Ryunosuke
Japanese
Heen
Supporting
Witch of the Waste
Supporting
Miwa, Akihiro
Japanese
Suliman
Supporting
Katou, Haruko
Japanese

Staff

Suzuki, Toshio
Producer
Ishii, Tomohiko
Assistant Producer
Miyazaki, Hayao
Director, Script, Executive Producer, Screenplay
Hisaishi, Joe
Theme Song Arrangement, Music


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"Sekai no Yakusoku (世界の約束; The Promise of the World)" by Chieko Baisho

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More reviewsReviews

Feb 11, 2008
katsup (All reviews)
I have watched this movie many many times since it is one of my favorite Miyazaki films, so why not write a review? I have also read the book, which takes a much different direction than the film does. And yes, it may seem like I rate highly but for some i was between 9 or 10, and I have explained things that I disliked that may not reflect in my number ratings.

Story: the story is about a girl named Sophie who gets turned into an old woman and ends up living with a wizard named Howl in his moving castle. The story is the read more
Oct 25, 2008
iamjoe (All reviews)
This has to be the most overrated movie to come out from Studio Ghibli. This unfabulous movie was based on the even more unfabulous book by Diana Wynne Ross or whatever the loser is called.

Thankfully, Miyazaki changed around an awful story to make a semi-decent one. A lot of people complained about the changes, but I was glad, since I didn't want to see a movie about a book which pages I use to wipe dog doo off my shoes.

The art was amazing, top-quality, but such a waste--everything else was pretty stupid.

Howl is a loser, and I know I will get hate read more
Apr 30, 2009
Venneh (All reviews)
TITLE: How's Moving Castle

NOVEL, ANIME: Howl's Moving Castle was originally a young-adult fantasy novel written by Diana Wynne Jones in 1986. It won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1987, and was also was designated an ALA Notable Book for children and young adults.

Howl's Moving Castle was produced by Studio Ghibli (Ponyo on the Cliff, Spirited Away), and directed by Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind). Howl was released in theatres in Japan on November 20th, 2004, and showed dubbed in theatres Stateside starting on June 10th, 2005, courtesy of Disney, and is available both subbed and dubbed read more
Jun 9, 2008
kiriska (All reviews)
I'd figured that waiting so long to see this made me a bad Miyazaki fan, but after seeing it, I wasn't much bothered by my long delay anymore.

STORY - This movie was apparently based off a book, but as I haven't read the book, I'm judging this movie as a work all on its own, for better or worse. So I suppose this was, in a way, a story about courage and facing one's fears, but it was approached in such a roundabout way that I'm really not sure, even now. The premise of the movie -- Sophie getting bewitched into an old woman -- read more

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