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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Chieko Baishô ... Sofî (voice)
Takuya Kimura ... Hauru (voice)
Akihiro Miwa ... Arechi no Majo (voice)
Tatsuya Gashûin ... Karushifâ (voice)
Ryûnosuke Kamiki ... Marukuru (voice)
Mitsunori Isaki ... Koshô (voice)
Yô Ôizumi ... Kakashi no Kabu (voice)
Akio Ôtsuka ... Kokuô (voice)
Daijirô Harada ... Hin (voice)
Haruko Katô ... Sariman (voice)

Jean Simmons ... Grandma Sophie (voice: English version)

Christian Bale ... Howl (voice: English version)

Lauren Bacall ... Witch of the Waste (voice: English version)

Blythe Danner ... Madame Suliman (voice: English version)

Emily Mortimer ... Young Sophie (voice: English version)

Josh Hutcherson ... Markl (voice: English version)

Billy Crystal ... Calcifer (voice: English version)

Jena Malone ... Lettie (voice: English version)

Crispin Freeman ... Prince Turnip (voice: English version)
Mark Silverman ... King (voice: English version)
Mari Devon ... Honey (voice: English version)

Liliana Mumy ... Madge (voice: English version)

Carlos Alazraqui ... (voice: English version)

Newell Alexander ... (voice: English version)

Rosemary Alexander ... (voice: English version)

Julia Barnett ... (voice: English version)

Susanne Blakeslee ... (voice: English version)
Leslie Carrara ... (voice: English version)

Mitch Carter ... (voice: English version)

David Cowgill ... (voice: English version)

Holly Dorff ... (voice: English version)
Moosie Drier ... (voice: English version)

Ike Eisenmann ... (voice: English version) (as Iake Eissinmann)

Will Friedle ... (voice: English version)
Bridget Hoffman ... (voice: English version)

Richard Steven Horvitz ... (voice: English version) (as Richard Horvitz)
Sherry Hursey ... (voice: English version)

Hope Levy ... (voice: English version)
Christina MacGregor ... (voice: English version)

Joel McCrary ... (voice: English version)
Edie Mirman ... (voice: English version)
Peter Renaday ... (voice: English version) (as Pete Renaday)

Kristen Rutherford ... (voice: English version)
Warren Sroka ... (voice: English version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cornelia Dahlgren ... Lettie (voice)
Shigeyuki Totsugi ... (voice) (as Shigeyuki Sato)

Ken Yasuda ... Soldier

Daran Norris ... (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hayao Miyazaki 
Writing credits
Hayao Miyazaki (screenplay)

Diana Wynne Jones (novel "Howl's Moving Castle") (as Daiana Win Jônzu)

Produced by
Rick Dempsey .... producer
Tomohiko Ishii .... assistant producer
John Lasseter .... executive producer
Ned Lott .... producer
Hayao Miyazaki .... executive producer
Toshio Suzuki .... producer
Original Music by
Joe Hisaishi 
Cinematography by
Atsushi Okui 
Film Editing by
Takeshi Seyama 
Casting by
Ned Lott 
Art Direction by
Yôji Takeshige 
Noboru Yoshida 
Production Management
David Candiff .... post-production manager
Ryoichi Fukuyama .... executive production manager
Cory Hansen .... post-production supervisor
Seiji Okuda .... executive production manager
Nozomu Takahashi .... production manager
Hiroyuki Watanabe .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ryosuke Kiyokawa .... assistant director
Yosuke Toba .... assistant director
Art Department
Kô'hei Endô .... color management system
Wataru Matsumoto .... color management system
Fumiko Numahata .... color key
Kanako Takayanagi .... color key
Kazuko Yamada .... color key
Tetsuya Yamai .... color management system
Michiyo Yasuda .... color designer
Sound Department
Atsushi Aikawa .... DTS mastering
Panos Asimenios .... dubbing mixer
Petra Bach .... supervising adr editor: English version
Randy Coppinger .... adr recordist: English version
Mariko Hamada .... DTS mastering
Suminobu Hamada .... sound recording engineer
Yukio Hokari .... foley artist
Takeshi Imaizumi .... dialogue recordist
Shuji Inoue .... sound
Mizuki Itou .... foley artist
Michihiko Iwana .... dialogue recordist
Bobby Johanson .... adr recordist: English version
Tooru Kadokura .... dialogue recordist
Doc Kane .... sound: English version
Yuuichi Kaneko .... sound recordist: ABACO Creative Studio
Hiromi Kimura .... sound effects assistant
Masaya Kitada .... foley artist
William Komar .... adr recordist: English version
Jirô Miyazawa .... dialogue recordist (as Jiro Miyazawa)
Kazuaki Narita .... sound effects assistant
Tôru Noguchi .... sound effects
Akihiko Okase .... foley artist
Brandon Proctor .... sound mix technician: English version
Gene Radzik .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist: English version
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer: English version
Mari Shinohara .... sound recordist: ABACO Creative Studio
Naoto Takeshima .... sound recordist: TOHO Sound Studio
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi .... sound director (as Kazuhiro Hayashi)
Nobue Yoshinaga .... sound production
Visual Effects by
Tatsuko Ishii .... digital animator
Masaru Karube .... digital animator
Susumu Masuuchi .... digital animator
Tomoka Matsumura .... digital animator
Norihiko Miyoshi .... digital animator
Chikara Nomoto .... digital animator
Miki Sato .... digital animator
Yoichi Senzui .... digital animator
Ichiro Uehara .... digital animator
Hiroki Yamada .... digital animator
Camera and Electrical Department
Mikio Mori .... consultant: dolby film
Wataru Takahashi .... digital photographer
Atsushi Tamura .... digital photographer
Junji Yubata .... digital photographer
Animation Department
Akihiko Adachi .... inbetween animator
Seiko Azuma .... inbetween animator
Kaori Fujii .... assistant animation checker
Maya Fujimori .... inbetween animator
Youko Fujioka .... digital ink and paint artist
Yûko Fujita .... inbetween animator (as Yuuko Fujita)
Yoshikazu Fukutome .... background artist
Daisuke Furuya .... inbetween animator
Makiko Futaki .... key animator
Kenji Hachizaki .... key animator
Hideki Hamazu .... key animator
Keiji Hashimoto .... key animator
Yoshie Hayashi .... inbetween animator
Sayaka Hirahara .... background artist
Takeshi Hiramatsu .... inbetween animator
Shunsuke Hirota .... inbetween animator
Waka Hirota .... inbetween animator
Akira Hosogaya .... inbetween animator
Hiroshi Iijima .... digital ink and paint artist: T2 Studio
Takeshi Imamura .... animation director
Junko Ina .... background artist
Ryôko Ina .... background artist (as Ryouko Ina)
Hiroaki Ishii .... digital ink and paint artist
Kunitoshi Ishii .... inbetween animator
Keiko Itogawa .... background artist
Kaori Itou .... inbetween animator
Yoshitake Iwakami .... inbetween animator
Sumie Iwata .... inbetween animator
Emiko Iwayanagi .... inbetween animator
Megumi Kagawa .... key animator (as Ai Kagawa)
Masatoshi Kai .... background artist
Tsutomu Kaichi .... inbetween animator
Yukiko Kakinuma .... inbetween animator
Junko Kanauchi .... digital ink and paint artist: Trace Studio M
Yukie Kaneko .... inbetween animator
Masashi Karino .... inbetween animator
Naomi Kasugai .... background artist
Mitsunori Katâma .... digital animation director
Fumie Kawamata .... digital ink and paint artist: T2 Studio
Shigeru Kimishima .... key animator
Haruna Kiryu .... digital ink and paint artist: T2 Studio
Yumiko Kitajima .... inbetween animator
Mayumi Kitamura .... inbetween animator
Yasuyuki Kitazawa .... inbetween animator
Rie Kondou .... inbetween animator
Katsuya Kondô .... animation supervisor
Katsuya Kondô .... key animator
Ken'ichi Konishi .... key animator
Fumie Konno .... inbetween animator
Masahiro Kubota .... background artist
Akane Kumakura .... digital ink and paint artist
Tsutomu Kurita .... key animator
Kitarô Kôsaka .... animation director (as Kitaro Kosaka)
Daisuke Makino .... inbetween animator
Kiyoko Makita .... inbetween animator
Hiroshi Masuda .... key animator
Toshihiko Masuda .... key animator
Osamu Masuyama .... background artist
Tetsuaki Matsuda .... inbetween animator
Mariko Matsuo .... key animator
Masaru Matsuse .... key animator
Atsuko Matsushita .... inbetween animator
Osamu Miwa .... inbetween animator
Tomoko Miyata .... inbetween animator
Ayako Mori .... inbetween animator
Naomi Mori .... digital ink and paint artist
Kazuo Nagai .... background artist
Rie Nakagome .... animation checker
Hiroaki Nakajima .... inbetween animator
Hideo Nakamura .... inbetween animator
Katsutoshi Nakamura .... inbetween animator
Masami Nakanishi .... inbetween animator
Yôhei Nakano .... inbetween animator
Mai Nakazato .... inbetween animator
Kumi Nanjo .... digital ink and paint artist: T2 Studio
Sumie Nishido .... inbetween animator
Hiromi Nishikawa .... inbetween animator
Youichi Nishikawa .... background artist
Mitsu Noguchi .... inbetween animator
Kazuo Oga .... background artist
Minoru Ohashi .... inbetween animator
Takashi Ohmori .... background artist (as Takashi Omori)
Mayumi Ohmura .... inbetween animator
Kumiko Ohta .... inbetween animator
Rie Okada .... digital ink and paint artist
Masashi Okumura .... key animator
Fumino Okura .... digital ink and paint artist: T2 Studio
Kazuyoshi Onoda .... key animator
Makoto Oohara .... inbetween animator
Masako Osada .... background artist
Shinji Otsuka .... key animator
Hiroko Otsuki .... digital ink and paint artist: Trace Studio M
Akihiro Oyama .... digital ink and paint artist
Saho Saito .... inbetween animator
Kiyoko Saitô .... digital ink and paint artist
Masaya Saitô .... assistant animation checker
Masako Sakano .... inbetween animator
Chikako Sasagawa .... inbetween animator
Hiromi Sasaki .... inbetween animator
Yuuko Sasaki .... inbetween animator
Masako Sato .... inbetween animator
Tsutomu Shibutani .... inbetween animator
Atsushi Shigeta .... key animator
Akiko Shimizu .... digital ink and paint artist: T2 Studio
Masayuki Shimizu .... inbetween animator
Keisuke Shimohira .... inbetween animator
Masako Shinohara .... key animator
Yumiko Suehiro .... inbetween animator
Takahiro Sugawara .... inbetween animator
Sachiko Sugino .... key animator
Ayano Suzuki .... inbetween animator
Makiko Suzuki .... key animator
Mariko Suzuki .... assistant animation checker
Masashi Suzuki .... digital animator: Gonzo Digitmation
Hiromi Takahashi .... digital ink and paint artist
Kanako Takahashi .... digital ink and paint artist: T2 Studio
Kentaro Takahashi .... digital animator: T2 Studio
Moyo Takahashi .... inbetween animator
Yohei Takamatsu .... background artist
Nobuyuki Takeuchi .... key animator
Atsushi Tamura .... key animator
Setsuya Tanabe .... inbetween animator
Atsuko Tanaka .... key animator
Naoya Tanaka .... background artist
Yukie Tanaka .... digital ink and paint artist
Yûichi Tanaka .... key animator (as Yuichi Tanaka)
Junichi Taniguchi .... background artist
Kumiko Tanihira .... inbetween animator
Hitomi Tateno .... animation checker
Kumiko Terada .... inbetween animator
Akiko Teshima .... inbetween animator
Akiko Toba .... inbetween animator
Yoyoi Toki .... inbetween animator
Kaori Tokunaga .... inbetween animator
Keiko Tomizawa .... inbetween animator
Masashi Toriyama .... digital animator: T2 Studio
Jinko Tsuji .... inbetween animator
Ryuji Uchida .... digital ink and paint artist: T2 Studio
Kimitoshi Ueno .... inbetween animator
Yukari Umebayashi .... inbetween animator
Satoe Usui .... inbetween animator
Youichi Watanabe .... background artist
Alexandra Weihrauch .... inbetween animator
Hisako Yaji .... inbetween animator
Katsuya Yamada .... key animator
Ken'ichi Yamada .... key animator
Shinichiro Yamada .... inbetween animator
Yukinobu Yamada .... inbetween animator
Hirômi Yamakawa .... key animator
Eiji Yamamori .... key animator
Rie Yamamoto .... inbetween animator
Akihiko Yamashita .... animation director
Masakiyo Yamashita .... inbetween animator
Yukari Yamaura .... inbetween animator
Kikuyo Yano .... background artist
Kenji Yazaki .... key animator
Masafumi Yokota .... key animator
Yuki Yokoyama .... digital ink and paint artist: T2 Studio
Hiromasa Yonebayashi .... key animator
Mitsuo Yoshino .... background artist
Hideaki Yoshio .... key animator
Shin'ya Ôhira .... key animator
Norihiro Ôsugi .... key animator
Casting Department
Motohiro Hatanaka .... casting coordinator
Ayumi Sato .... casting coordinator
Naomi Yasu .... casting coordinator
Editorial Department
Chris DeLaGuardia .... color timer
Hiroaki Hirabayashi .... color timer
Kashiko Kimura .... assistant editor
Rie Matsuhara .... assistant editor
Megumi Uchida .... assistant editor
Music Department
Joe Hisaishi .... music arranger: "Sekai no Yakusoku"
Youmi Kimura .... composer: theme song "Sekai no Yakusoku"
Simon Rhodes .... music mixing: English version
Other crew
Steve Alpert .... overseas promotion (as Stephen Alpert)
Shokichi Arai .... production administration
Koichi Asano .... merchandising development
Naomi Atsuta .... merchandising development
Cindy Davis Hewitt .... adaptation: English version
Rick Dempsey .... dialogue director
Pete Docter .... dialogue director: English version
Masako Fujita .... production accountant
Eiko Fujitsu .... production accountant
Donald H. Hewitt .... adaptation: English version
Hiroaki Hirabayashi .... film development
Kôji Hoshino .... production committee: BVHE
Akio Ichimura .... production accountant
Tomomi Imai .... merchandising development
Kenji Imura .... production assistant
Keiichi Itagaki .... film preview production
Kyohei Ito .... production assistant
Nozomu Ito .... public relations
Hisayo Itou .... production accountant
Rieko Izutsu .... overseas promotion
Atsushi Kamimura .... production desk
Takehisa Kawamata .... laboratory manager
Noriyuki Kitakawachi .... systems manager
Kaoru Mano .... titles
David Midthunder .... voices
Yuichiro Mochizuki .... production desk
Nao Morisaki .... overseas promotion
Yoshiaki Nishimura .... production administration
Junichi Nishioka .... public relations
Shinsuke Nonaka .... chief of production administration
Sueko Numazawa .... production accountant
Kristy Ryan .... promotions manager: Australia
Jun'ya Saitô .... production assistant (as Junya Saito)
Satomi Sasaki .... systems manager
Yuuko Shimura .... laboratory coordinator
Nobuko Shiraki .... production administration
Satoshi Takabatake .... background layout assistant
Noriko Takaya .... harmony process
Mikiko Takeda .... overseas promotion
Chieko Tamura .... public relations
Chiyoshi Tanaka .... production desk
Eiichiro Tashiro .... production assistant
Masaya Tokuyama .... special media advisor
Kiyoko Tsuge .... production accountant
Chihiro Tsukue .... public relations
Yumiko Ukai .... public relations
Masaru Yabe .... special media advisor
Tamami Yamamoto .... production accountant
Mika Yasuda .... merchandising development

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Also Known As:
"Hauru no ugoku shiro" - Japan (original title)
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Rated PG for frightening images and brief mild language
119 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (British Columbia/Quebec) | Denmark:7 | Finland:K-7 | France:U | Germany:6 (bw) | Ireland:G | Malaysia:U | Mexico:A | Netherlands:MG6 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | New Zealand:PG | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:G | South Korea:All | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Zurich) | UK:U | USA:PG | USA:TV-PG (cable rating)

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Sophie's city was modeled after Colmar, France.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the last fifteen minutes of the film, Sofi sees a young Howl in a flashback scene. In this scene, Howl's hair is blue/black, but as we know from earlier, Howl gets his blue/black hair half way through the film when it is accidentally dyed. Young Howl's hair should be blonde like it was when we first meet him in the opening scene, yet it is not.See more »
Howl:I can give you five minutes of invisibility so use it wisely.See more »
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Are the "Wizard Jenkins" and "Wizard Pendragon" doors in the same kingdom?
Why does Sophie randomly become young again at times before finally regaining her youth but retaining the gray hair?
Why did Sophie deconstruct and reconstruct the castle?
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210 out of 274 people found the following review useful.
Terrific Miyazaki, although not his best, 12 January 2005
Author: S. M. ( from Lille, France

"Howl's Moving Castle" opened here in France on Jan. 12th (as "Le Château Ambulant," natch), and I saw it at an avant-première. As a raving fan of Miyazaki and of Diana Wynne Jones, I feel lucky to be an American living in France -- I see there's no release date announced yet for the U.S. Sorry, folks, and blame Disney!

I understand the feelings of viewers who have criticized the movie as trite. I find it's less imaginative, in terms of character development and emotional profundity, than Miyazaki's best masterpieces. However, even a pedestrian Miyazaki movie is infinitely more rich, frightening, imaginative and humane than any six Disney films put together, and there's a lot to love in "Howl's Moving Castle."

I am glad I didn't reread Jones' book before seeing the film; even going on my six-year-old memory of the novel, I can see the movie's a very loose adaptation, and I think Jones fans would do best to try to take the movie on its own merits instead of looking for a faithful adaptation. That said, Miyazaki is surprisingly successful, at moments, in capturing the richness of the novel's characters: the peculiar co-habitation of charm and terror in Howl the sorcerer and his demon companion Calcifer, and the pragmatic strength of will that makes us love Sophie, the protagonist, who embodies both the fairy-tale archetypes of the young girl and the old woman at once.

Miyazaki's directorial trademarks are here in spades. Most of them lend strength and power to the film: his passion for open landscapes, his vision of the power and horror of war, the uncompromised way his movies work to empower children, and especially girls. A few of them are just Miyazaki quirks that fans will recognize with amusement (walrus mustaches, cobbled European squares, and flying machines for everyone!) Richer and stranger, though, are the very successful integration of two things that Disney animation never even approaches: the way even a children's story can blur lines between an enemy and a friend, and the cohabitation of the monstrous and the sublime. Enemy, ally, monster, beloved: Miyazaki gives both visual and moral weight to these disturbing contradictions, and certain scenes in "Howl's Moving Castle" evoke a frightening sublimity I have never seen elsewhere than in "Princess Mononoke."

I think the film suffers from a slightly hurried pace, especially with respect to the protagonists' character development, and the result is a loss of the subtlety that makes Jones' book such a gripping fairy tale. Her Howl is more ambivalent, and her story is a more complex investigation of adolescent heartlessness and the growth of the heart. The ending, which falls back too much on clichéd imagery and deus-ex-machina, also could have been better handled. All that said, "Howl's Moving Castle" contains lots of treasures and will, I think, stand up to repeated viewings. Miyazaki fans will be delighted, and kids around the world should be given the chance to taste this latest rich, respectful children's tale. (Be warned, though: there are moments as terrifying as those in "Princess Mononoke," and younger kids will need their parents with them.)

On a final note, as few hardcore fans of Japanese anime will need to be reminded, the movie is doubtless best seen in its original version with subtitles. The Japanese voice acting is terrific -- although the voice of "young Sophie" doesn't strike me as anything special, the actors playing the aged Sophie, Howl, and especially Calcifer are fantastic. Calcifer is a magnificent creation and should delight even the most conservative fan of the novel. I have serious doubts that the inevitable English-language dub will do the nuances justice.

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