Acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki adapts British writer Diana Wynne Joness popular fantasy tale for this animated feature, adding his own unique and celebrated dreamlike spin. The dreaded Witch of the Waste turns Sophie, a young hat-maker, into an old woman when she attracts the notice of Howl, a young wizard whom the witch desires for herself. As the old woman, Sophie finds refuge as a cleaning lady in Howls magical castle, an impressively realised mishmash of anthropomorphic shafts and gears, where she meets, among other wonders, a cantankerous fire demon named Calcifer. Howls courage inspires her to seek a cure for her curse, and vice versa, and the two work together to prevent a major war as the castle roams the countryside on its mechanical legs. Theres lots of magic afoot as well, including travel through barriers of space and time, and shape-shifting, requiring full viewer attention to keep track of who, where, and when, but this how dreams really are and the film engages on that same subconscious level. As with Miyazakis previous work (Spirited Away, Kikis Delivery Service), the emphasis here is on creating a beautiful alternate reality, where anything can happen and every frame is a breathtaking work of art.
Release Date: 01 January 2007
Certificate: U - Universal - Suitable for all
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 120 minutes
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English
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