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Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Produced: 2005

Countries & Regions: Japan

DVD Details

Certificate: U

Length: 119 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 1 January 2007

Cat No: OPTD0837

Extras:
Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): English
Interactive Menu
Screen ratio 1:1.78
Dolby Digital 5.1

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

I loved this film. The artists who managed to animate such a long feature, are, may I say, amazing! Also, with someone who has an amazingly gorgeous voice, Christian Bale, it was a hit to me. I loved the whole changed aspect. Alright, it wasn't as complex as the book, but never the less, it was marvellous. Well done for yet another amazing film!

Once again Hiyao Miyazaki has created a film of astonishing imagination. Thriving on the more fantastic moments of Diana Wynne Jones' source novel, passages of his film may prove bizarre for fans of conventional animation, yet will delight the many admirers of his previous masterpiece Spirited Away.

Sophie, a young girl living in an unspecified European town, is transformed into an old crone by a spiteful witch, and must travel to meet up with Howl, an allegedly wicked wizard, to break the curse. Along the way she meets Turniphead, an enchanted mute scarecrow (prompting the typically quirky line "It was a pleasure meeting you, even if you are my least favorite vegetable") and Calcifer, a cantankerous flame who fuels the moving castle as it tramples randomly through the wilderness.

The animation is frequently breathtaking; the ramshackle castle is beautifully realised, whilst Miyazaki shows his flair for the grotesque in the unforgettable scene where the witch climbs multiple stories of stairs to reach the palace. Repeated viewings are needed to figure out the byzantine plotlines towards the climax, yet this is one film where repeated viewings will be a definite pleasure.

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