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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.

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Cast

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)
... Witch of the Waste (voice)
... Madame Suliman (voice)
... Young Sophie (voice)
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Storyline

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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Disney [United States]

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Release Date:

17 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Howl's Moving Castle  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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

Gross USA:

$4,711,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$235,184,110
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Sophie's top ribbon doesn't always reappear when she transforms back into her younger self. See more »

Quotes

Howl: I feel terrible, like there's a weight on my chest.
Young Sophie: A heart's a heavy burden.
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Connections

Edited into Miyazaki Dreams of Flying (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Sekai no Yakusoku
Written by Yumi Kimura
Performed by Chieko Baisho
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I really enjoyed this film!
23 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

It's hard to make any movie that follow after 'Spirited Away' So, when you watch, you have to try and keep an open mind....which is hard to do since the characters, and the whole feel of the film seems so much like his previous works.

But what fun this film is! And interestingly beautiful. I could watch most any of his movies, just to look at the beautiful scenery. I love some of the incredible imagination that goes into his works.

I could easily recommend this film. No, it's not the better than the rest, but I feel it's definitely worth your time.

I look forward to seeing the film again, maybe I will understand some things a bit better.


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