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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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
Howl's moving castle is actually centered around War and this is Miyazaki's main message throughout the film. However, interestingly enough, there is no mention at all of war in the novel the movie is based on. See more »
Sophie's top ribbon doesn't always reappear when she transforms back into her younger self. See more »
So, what do you have in your pocket, Sophie?
[Finds a folded piece of paper]
What is this?
Give it to me.
[paper burns leaving marks on the table]
Scorch marks! Howl, can you read them?
That is ancient sorcery and quite powerful too.
Is it from the Witch of the Waste?
"You who swallowed a falling star, o' heartless man, your heart shall soon be mine." That can't be good for the table.
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In a time of war and falsity here it is a dancing poetry from Japan against all the cruelty and pain. The moving castle leads us to a magic place where life has a strong value and elderly people have an important role to play. Also in an apparent hostility or in a scarecrow, Hayao Miyazaki gives us the chance of finding a friend and not letting the dream go down. The perfect technique and the emotional stream are in complete harmony. If the jury of the Venice Film Festival had been more far-seeing, it would have given a more prestigious prize to this masterpiece.
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