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Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Hauru no ugoku shiro (original title)
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When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.



(screenplay), (novel) (as Daiana Win Jônzu)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chieko Baishô ...
Sofî (voice)
Hauru (voice)
Akihiro Miwa ...
Arechi no Majo (voice)
Tatsuya Gashûin ...
Karushifâ (voice)
Marukuru (voice)
Mitsunori Isaki ...
Koshô (voice)
Yô Ôizumi ...
Kakashi no Kabu (voice)
Kokuô (voice)
Daijirô Harada ...
Hin (voice)
Haruko Katô ...
Sariman (voice)
Grandma Sophie (voice)
Howl (voice)
Madame Suliman (voice)
Young Sophie (voice)


A love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Howl's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl's fire demon, named Karishifâ. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Howl, then Karushifâ will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape. Written by Sophie Ball

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for frightening images and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howl's Moving Castle  »


Box Office


$24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 1,444,469,305 (Japan), 21 November 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$427,987, 12 June 2005, Limited Release

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Upon seeing Spirited Away (2001), Christian Bale immediately agreed to play any role in this film. He didn't expect to get the titular role. See more »


When Sophie leaves her bedroom, her dress has turned from green to blue. However, she couldn't have changed dresses because none of them would fit her after she was transformed (wider, much shorter, etc.). See more »


Howl: [Quietly amused] Calcifer? You're being so obedient.
Calcifer: Not on purpose! She bullied me!
Howl: Not just anybody can do that.
[Looks at Sophie]
Howl: And you are... who?
Old Sophie: Er, You can just call me Grandma Sophie. I'm your new cleaning lady. I just started work today.
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References Spirited Away (2001) See more »


Sekai no Yakusoku
Written by Yumi Kimura
Performed by Chieko Baisho
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User Reviews

Thank you so much for this movie Mr. Miyazaki
1 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

I Don't get words to express what I felt when coming out of the cinema, Howl's Moving Castle is an absolutely fantastic film and has even out Laputa and Totoro as my favourite Miyazaki film.

The story is amazing and the characters and creatures are as excellently crafted and fun to watch as ever. The voice actors and music are perfect Joe Hisaishi in my opinion is the best contemporary composer.

My only criticism (very little) is maybe the ending (last minutes) that rises suddenly, far from the habitual perfection of the catharsis final of the Miyazaki's films but nothing important

The movie has a really bad thing of the film: THE LONG WAITING TO SEE IT AGAIN!


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