Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

Original title:  Hauru No Ugoku Shiro

Japan, 2004.  , DENTSU Music And Entertainment, Mitsubishi, , , , Tokuma Shoten, d-rights.  Screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Hayao Miyazaki follows his Oscar-winning Spirited Away with this monumentally entertaining animated drama. A young milliner crosses the path of an evil witch and is transformed into an old woman, leaving her no choice but to seek out a young, heartless wizard and live with him in his walking castle until he can help her. She begins work as the wizard’s housekeeper while he assists his King in the country’s war effort, but the witch herself is not far behind trying to catch up and ruin them both. There’s really no good way to sum up the fantastic story or describe the beautiful animation, you just have to watch it (preferably the Japanese dub with English subtitles). The combination of imagination, heart and technical expertise are absolutely unparalleled.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Animated Feature

Venice Film Festival Award:  Golden Osella

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