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Howl's Moving Castle [DVD] [2005]

Chieko BaishŰ , Takuya Kimura , Hayao Miyazaki    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
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Like a dream, Howl's Moving Castle carries audiences to vistas beyond their imaginations where they experience excitement, adventure, terror, humor, and romance. With domestic box office receipts of over $210 million, Howl passed Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke to become the #3 film in Japanese history, behind his Spirited Away and James Cameron's Titanic.

Based on a juvenile novel by Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle marks the first time Miyazaki has adapted another writer's work since Kiki's Delivery Service (1989). Sophie, a 19-year-old girl who believes she is plain, has resigned herself to a drab life in her family's hat shop--until the Witch of the Waste transforms her into a 90-year-old woman. In her aged guise, Sophie searches for a way to break the Witch's spell and finds unexpected adventures. Like Chihiro, the heroine of Spirited Away, Sophie discovers her hidden potential in a magical environment--the castle of the title.

Using CG, Miyazaki creates a ramshackle structure that looks like it might disintegrate at any moment. Sophie's honesty and determination win her some valuable new friends: Markl, Howl's young apprentice; a jaunty scarecrow; Calcifer, a temperamental fire demon; and Heen, a hilarious, wheezing dog. She wins the heart of the dashing, irresponsible wizard Howl, and brings an end an unnecessary and destructive war. The film overflows with eclipsing visuals that range from frightening aerial battles to serene landscapes, and few recent features--animated or live action--offer as much magic as Howl's Moving Castle.--Charles Solomon

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Acclaimed Japanese animated feature from director Hayao Miyazaki. Sophie is an ordinary girl who works in a hat shop, but one day she is swept off her feet by the mysterious wizard Howl, and is then turned into a 90-year-old woman by the evil Wicked Witch of the Waste. In order to lift the curse, Sophie travels with Howl aboard his floating castle, as Howl risks his life to bring peace to a warring kingdom.


"An undisputable genius… Miyazaki makes the most moving and inspiring animated films in the world" -- ESQUIRE

"The most enchanting film of the year" -- DAILY TELEGRAPH

From the Back Cover

FROM THE CREATORS OF SPIRITED AWAY Howl's Moving Castle is the latest masterpiece from Oscar®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki. It follows the story of young Sophie Hatter, the eldest of three daughters, and a girl doomed to an uninteresting life as a hat maker. Sophie resigns herself to her boring fate, but fate has other plans for her. Sophie's life is thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome-yet-mysterious wizard named Howl. Subsequently transformed into a 90-year-old woman by the Wicked Witch of the Waste, she embarks on an incredible odyssey to lift the curse, and finds refuge in Howl's magical moving castle. Based on the book by Welsh author Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle is a magical tale of adventure and imagination. English language version features the voices of Jean Simmons, Christian Bale, Lauren Bacall, Blythe Danner, Emily Mortimer, Josh Hutcherson and Billy Crystal
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