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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)
... Karushifâ (voice)
... Marukuru (voice)
Mitsunori Isaki ... Koshô (voice)
... 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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Release Date:

17 June 2005 (USA)  »

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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

In the novel, Sophie actually has two sisters. The second is named Martha, who is sent to be a witch's apprentice but finds a spell to change her appearance and switch with Lettie so that she can work in the bakery instead. So when Sophie goes to see "Lettie" at the beginning of the film, it should have actually been Martha in disguise. Martha is also the character that Markl falls in love with in the book. In the film Martha is mentioned by the shop girls, saying that Howl ate Martha's heart, but not presented as Sophie's sister. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Howl: This war is terrible, they bomb from the southern coast to the northern border. It's all in flames now.
Calcifer: I can't stand the fire and gunpowder. Those dopey guys have absolutely no manners.
Howl: My own kind attacked me today.
Calcifer: Who? The Witch of the Wastes?
Howl: No, some hack wizards who turned themselves into monsters for the king.
Calcifer: Those wizards are going to regret doing that. They'll never change back into humans.
Howl: After the war, they won't recall they ever were human.
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Connections

Referenced in Peep Show: Mugging (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
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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