Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Poster

Japanese title: ハウルの動く城 
(Hauru no Ugoku Shiro)

Comments on Movie: Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
"An eye-popping, mind-bending phantasmagoria from one of the greatest living film artists." - Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer.

"Miyazaki's animated adaptation of Jones' book is a charming and thoroughly absorbing treat." - Tasha Robinson, AV Club.

"There is no story, or rather, there's no force to the story, which meanders almost casually this way and that for no apparent reason." - Stephen Hunter, Washington Post.

"This magical anime film follows an unusual adventure infused with romantic conundrums." - Rosalyn Lim.

Anime Adventure Family Fantasy Romance Steampunk Hayao Miyazaki
2D Animation Animated Feature

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Trailer

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) at a glance
Howl's Moving Castle (2004) is a fantasy adventure film by Hayao Miyazaki based on the novel of the same name by Diana Wynne Jones. This traditionally animated feature is the second highest-grossing anime in the world, behind Spirited Away (2001).

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Synopsis
Sophie, a quiet girl working in a hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when she is literally swept off her feet by a handsome but mysterious wizard named Howl. The vain and vengeful Witch of the Waste, jealous of their friendship, puts a spell on Sophie. In a life-changing adventure, Sophie climbs aboard Howl's magnificent moving castle and enters a magical world on a quest to break the spell.

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Movie Review: Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Howl's moving castle.

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) is stunning. Although the film could use more scenes and screen time for a much comprehensible story, it would still be difficult to believe anyone who enjoy anime and fantasy films not to like this; especially it is an original fantasy work.

Howl and Sophie.

This magical anime film follows an unusual adventure infused with romantic conundrums. I gave up questioning the love here as love is a mysterious existence that should not be questioned. Nonetheless, the magic spells are not the only unusual thing here, it is also quite unusual that Sophie adapted and moved on quickly as an old lady which is actually a lighthearted watch.

In search of ways to break the curse she is under.

In brief, this film has beautiful visuals from characters to the landscapes and it is certainly high in fantasy. If you do watch this, you can even tell that you will be expecting something different from the start as this film is indeed mysterious and will remain mysterious even after the film ends.

Old Sophie and Cursed Scarecrow Prince.

PS. I know this film is nearly 2 hours long but I still feel that this film is too short and hasty. :(

Movie Ratings
Will write a page regarding this and add this to all animated feature entries in the future.

Who will like this?
Anime, magic and fantasy lovers.

Details of the movie
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Producer: Toshio Suzuki
Story: Diana Wynne Jones, Hayao Miyazaki
Screenplay: Hayao Miyazaki
Cinematography: Atsushi Okui
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Studio: Studio Ghibli
Starring: Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura, Akihiro Miwa
Full Credit: [IMDb]
Distributor: Toho, Disney
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese, English
Genre: Adventure Family Fantasy Romance
Running time: 119 mins
Budget: USD 24,000,000 est.
Box office: USD 235,184,110 est.

Official website(s)

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Studio Ghibli
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Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Behind the Scenes

Favorite Movie Character
Howl Jenkins Pendragon.

The powerful wizard, Howl, is my favorite character from this film. It is most likely due to the fact that he is sort of a narcissist and he pursue beauty, lol. Although it has been mentioned on his fanpage that Howl is very insensible with money; where he always overcharge the rich, undercharge the poor and spends his money; personality wise, he is actually very kind and generous! 

PS. From the movie, he also has beautiful wings and can cook?!

Howl's Moving Castle (2004) Movie Quotes
Typed with my iphone. ><
  1. No, I better finish this. You go and have fun.
  2. Where to? I'll be your escort this evening.
  3. Don't be alarmed if I am being followed. Act normal.
  4. He is trying to steal your heart!
  5. Howl only does that to beautiful girls.
  6. Do you really want to spend the rest of your life in that hat shop?
  7. The shop was just so important to father and I am the eldest, I don't mind.
  8. It's your life sophie, do something for yourself for once, will you?
  9. The door is over here, ma'am. We are closed.
  10. Standing up to the witch of the waste. That's plucky.
  11. Old is worst than I thought.
  12. Your head is a turnip. I always hate you turnips ever since I was little. At least you are not upside down now, so long.
  13. Go away, quit following me. There is no need to thank me, you don't owe me a thing. 
  14. I seem to become quite cunning in my old age.
  15. Even if you are my least favorite vegetable, take care turnip head.
  16. When I think castle, this is not what I picture.
  17. Well, one nice thing about getting old is nothing frightens you.
  18. Demon don't make promises.
  19. Leave it alone, grandma. I am getting angry.
  20. I don't cook, I am a scary and powerful fire demon.
  21. Calcifer, you're being so obedient.
  22. Bon appetite, I can't remember the last time we have a real breakfast.
  23. That is ancient sorcery, quite powerful too.
  24. The mark may be gone, but the spell is still there.
  25. Come back later, there is a witch on a rampage in there.
  26. I appreciate it if you don't torment my friend.
  27. Whatever you don't want me to clean, better hide it now.
  28. Save my room for last, okay?
  29. You are a first class fire demon, I like your sparks. 
  30. She likes my sparks!
  31. When you are old, you only wants to stare at the scenery. It's so strange, I never felt so peaceful before.
  32. My own kind attacked me today.
  33. Those wizards gonna regret doing that. They will never change back into humans.
  34. After the war they won't recall they were humans.
  35. I hate potatoes.
  36. I hate fish.
  37. I gave up, I see no point in living if I can't be beautiful.
  38. I was never once beautiful in my whole life.
  39. Such drama. 
  40. No. He's fine, he is just throwing a tantrum.
  41. I am such a big coward, all I do is hide and all of this magic is just to keep everybody away. I can't stand how scared I am.
  42. She was once beautiful so I decided to pursue her. But she wasn't so I ran away.
  43. He is our king, he should want to hear what all the citizens have to say.
  44. I got it! Why don't you go to the palace for me? Just say you are the pendragon's mother and such a coward wizard that he is too afraid to show his face. Maybe then Madame Solomon will finally give up on me. 
  45. You are wearing that hat after all the magic I use to make you pretty?
  46. This charm will guarantee your safe return. Don't worry, I will follow behind you in disguise.
  47. Why do I feel like this is not going to work?
  48. You couldn't think about something more useful?
  49. Do you know how hard it is to do things when you are old?
  50. I am sorry dear, my talent lies in casting spell, not breaking them.
  51. I am strictly forbidden to offer such assistance.
  52. Pull yourself together, isn't this what you have been waiting for.
  53. A chair, it's mine!
  54. He is such a lazy son, he send me instead.
  55. Howl was the last apprentice I ever took on. I have never seen such a gifted student, I was so thrilled to finally find someone talented enough to replace me.
  56. His heart is stolen by a demon, he never return to complete his apprenticeship and that day forward he has been using his magic for entirely selfish reasons.
  57. Mrs. Pendragon, that boy is extremely dangerous. His power is far too great for someone without a heart.
  58. If he stays selfish, I am afraid he will just end up like the witch of the waste.
  59. I just restored the age she actually is.
  60. You lure people here with an invitation from the king and then you stripped them of all their powers.
  61. Howl will never be so heartless, he may be selfish and cowardly and sometimes he is hard to understand but his intentions are good. He just wants to be free. Howl won't come here, he doesn't need your help. He can fix his problems with the demon on his own. I am certain of it.
  62. His heart belongs to me.
  63. It's time to show your mother, what you really are, Howl.
  64. Don't try to be cute, dog. I am still not going to trust you.
  65. Are you hurt? I missed you!
  66. I am not going away, I am going to help you break the spell you are under!
  67. She keeps staring at me, that is freaking me out.
  68. Seems like everybody in this family got a problem.
  69. Be gentle with me, please.
  70. You like it? It's my secret garden.
  71. It all seems so familiar yet I have never been here before. I feel so at home.
  72. That was my secret hideaway. I spend a lot of time here by myself when I was young.
  73. Tell me what is going on, I don't care if you're a monster.
  74. Well the nice thing about being old is that you got nothing much to lose.
  75. What difference does it make?
  76. Have you ever been in love?
  77. This is exciting.
  78. She fed me something gross and I feel sick.
  79. Let's run. Don't fight them.
  80. I had enough running away from them, Sophie. And now I have something that I want to protect. It's you.
  81. There is no time to lose, we have to try something.
  82. The best blaze burns brightest, when circumstances are at their worst.
  83. Yeah but no one really believes it.
  84. Please give it back.
  85. A kiss from your true love breaks it.
  86. If it wasn't for Sophie, I'd be a scarecrow for the rest of my life.
  87. A heart is a happy burden.
  88. Looks like your true love is in love with someone else.
  89. One thing you can count on is that heart change.
  90. As soon as this war has ended, I shall return.
  91. I kinda miss you guys and it kinda looks like it's going to rain.


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