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Howl's Moving Castle ()

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featuring Chieko Baisho, Emily Mortimer, Christian Bale, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa, Lauren Bacall, Billy Crystal, Tatsuya Gasyuin, Josh Hutcherson, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Jean Simmons

Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animation director who wowed audiences worldwide with his award-winning film Spirited Away, brings another visually spectacular tale of imagination to the screen. Sophie is an 18-year-old girl who toils in the hat shop opened years ago by her late father. Often harassed by local boys, one day Sophie is unexpectedly befriended by Howl, a strange but flamboyant wizard whose large home can travel under its own power. However, the Witch of the Waste is displeased with Sophie and Howl's budding friendship, and turns the pretty young woman into an ugly and aged hag. Sophie takes shelter in Howl's castle, and attempts to find a way to reverse the witch's spell with the help of Calcifer, a subdued but powerful demon who exists in the form of fire, and Markl, who protects the four-way door which can instantly take visitors to other lands and dimensions. Howl's Moving Castle was released in North America by Walt Disney Pictures, who distributed the film both in its original Japanese and in a dubbed English version; the English-speaking voice cast includes Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, and Billy Crystal. Mark Deming, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
LKW1989

Well done

by LKW1989 on Nov 19, 2009

This movie would have been Miyazaki's best, if Sophie didn't kiss everyone in the end of the movie.

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