Acclaimed Japanese animated feature from director Hayao Miyazaki. Sophie (voice of Chieko Baisho) is an ordinary girl who works in a hat shop, but one day she is swept off her feet by the mysterious wizard Howl (Takuya Kimura), and is then turned into a 90-year-old woman by the evil Witch of the Waste (Akihiro Miwa). In order to lift the curse, Sophie travels with Howl aboard his floating castle, as he risks his life to bring peace to a warring kingdom.
Acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki adapts British writer Diana Wynne Jones&39;s popular fantasy tale for this animated feature adding his own unique and celebrated dreamlike spin The dreaded Witch of the Waste turns Sophie a young hat-maker into an old woman when she attracts the notice of Howl a young wizard whom the witch desires for herself As the old woman Sophie finds refuge as a cleaning lady in Howl&39;s magical castle an impressively realised mishmash of anthropomorphic shafts and gears where she meets among other wonders a cantankerous fire demon named Calcifer Howl&39;s courage inspires her to seek a cure for her curse and vice versa and the two work together to prevent a major war as the castle roams the countryside on its mechanical legs There&39;s lots of magic afoot as well including travel through barriers of space and time and shape-shifting requiring full viewer attention to keep track of who where and when but this how dreams really are and the film engages on that same subconscious level As with Miyazaki&39;s previous work (&39;Spirited Away&39; &39;Kiki&39;s Delivery Service&39;) the emphasis here is on creating a beautiful alternate reality where anything can happen and every frame is a breathtaking work of art
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